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GeForce GTX 470 vs Radeon RX 6500 XT

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 has a GPU core clock speed of 607 MHz, and the 1280 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 837 MHz through a 320-bit bus. It also is made up of 448 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 40 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 6500 XT, which makes use of a 6 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 2200 MHz. The GDDR6 memory works at a speed of 2250 MHz on this card. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 107 Watts
GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
Difference: 108 Watts (101%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 6500 XT should in theory perform a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 470 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 147456 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
Difference: 13536 (10%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6500 XT will be much (about 314%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 140800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 106808 (314%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 6500 XT will be much (approximately 190%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 470, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 70400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 46120 (190%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 470 Radeon RX 6500 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2010 January 2022
Code Name GF100 Navi 24 XT
Memory 1280 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 2200 MHz
Memory Speed 3348 MHz 4500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 107 watts
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 147456 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 140800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 Mpixels/sec 70400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 448 1024
Texture Mapping Units 56 64
Render Output Units 40 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 320-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 6 nm
Transistors 3000 million 5400 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 470

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Radeon RX 6500 XT

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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