NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 vs AMD Radeon HD 6970
Comparison of GeForce GTX 480 and Radeon HD 6970 architecture, market type and release date.
GeForce GTX 480 and Radeon HD 6970's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 480 and Radeon HD 6970's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Maximum GPU temperature
Texture fill rate
Compatibility, dimensions and requirements
Information on GeForce GTX 480 and Radeon HD 6970 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
16x PCI-E 2.0
PCIe 2.0 x16
PCIe 2.0 x16
PCIe 2.0 x16
10.5" (267 mm) (26.7 cm)
4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors
6-pin & 8-pin
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 480 and Radeon HD 6970: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Maximum RAM amount
Memory bus width
Memory clock speed
1848 MHz (3696 data rate)
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 480 and Radeon HD 6970. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
2x DVI, 1x mini-HDMI
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
Two Dual Link DVI, Mini HDMI
Multi monitor support
Maximum VGA resolution
Audio input for HDMI
Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 480 and Radeon HD 6970. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
APIs supported by GeForce GTX 480 and Radeon HD 6970, sometimes including their particular versions.
Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 480 and Radeon HD 6970. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
GTX 480 17.80 +30.5%
HD 6970 13.64
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
GTX 480 3650 +5.2%
HD 6970 3470
GTX 480 3852 +30.5%
HD 6970 2952
Rendering quality tests
GFXBench render quality
GFXBench high precision render quality
Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 480 and Radeon HD 6970. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
117 Mh/s −133.3%
273 Mh/s +133.3%
Let's see how good GeForce GTX 480 and Radeon HD 6970 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.
Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
30.5% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (384 vs 256 bit)
Less power hungry (250 vs 550 watts)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
max 2560x1600 (digital)
3D Vision Surround
Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 6970
Somewhat newer (14 December 2010 vs 26 March 2010)
Cheaper ($369 vs $499)
More pipelines (1536 vs 480)
So, GTX 480 or HD 6970?
Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 480 and Radeon HD 6970, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.