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GeForce GTX 470 vs Radeon RX 6500 XT

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 features a GPU core speed of 607 MHz, and the 1280 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 837 MHz through a 320-bit bus. It also is comprised of 448 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 40 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 6500 XT, which uses a 6 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 2200 MHz. The GDDR6 memory is set to run at a speed of 2250 MHz on this specific model. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units 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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 6500 XT will be 10% quicker than the GeForce GTX 470 overall, because of 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 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 a lot (more or less 190%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce GTX 470, and also will be able to handle higher 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory 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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