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GeForce GTX 470 vs Radeon RX 6500 XT

Intro

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

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 6500 XT, which has core clock speeds of 2200 MHz on the GPU, and 2250 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR6 RAM. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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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

In theory, the Radeon RX 6500 XT should be 10% faster than the GeForce GTX 470 overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6500 XT should be quite a bit (more or less 314%) faster with regards to 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

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 6500 XT is the winner, by a large margin. (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 max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach 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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