NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 vs AMD Radeon HD 6970

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
AMD Radeon HD 6970

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 480 and Radeon HD 6970 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
17.14
 
9.60
Architecture
Fermi
 
Terascale 2
Code name
GF100
 
Cayman
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
n/d
 
reference
Release date
7 December 2010
 
14 December 2010
Launch price (MSRP)
$499
 
$369
Price now
$72
 
$95

Technical specs

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.
Pipelines
480
 
1536
CUDA cores
480
 
n/d
Core clock speed
700 MHz
 
n/d
Boost Clock
n/d
 
880 MHz
Transistor count
3,100 million
 
2,640 million
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
40 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
250 Watt
 
550 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
105 °C
 
n/d
Texture fill rate
42 billion / sec
 
84.5 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
1,345.0 gflops
 
2,703.4 gflops

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).
Bus support
16x PCI-E 2.0
 
PCIe 2.0 x16
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
PCIe 2.0 x16
Length
10.5" (267 mm) (26.7 cm)
 
267 mm
Height
4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)
 
n/d
Supplementary power connectors
6-pin & 8-pin
 
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
SLI options
2-way, 3-way
 
-

Memory

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.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
DDR5
Maximum RAM amount
1536 MB
 
2 GB
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
1848 MHz (3696 data rate)
 
1375 MHz
Memory bandwidth
177.4 GB / s
 
n/d
Shared memory
-
 
n/d

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 480 and Radeon HD 6970.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x mini-HDMI
 
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
Display Connectors
Two Dual Link DVI, Mini HDMI
 
n/d
Multi monitor support
+
 
n/d
Eyefinity
-
 
+
HDMI
+
 
+
HDCP
+
 
-
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
n/d
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 
n/d

Technologies

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.
CrossFire
-
 
+
3D Vision
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
n/d
DirectX 11
DirectX 11
 
n/d

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 480 and Radeon HD 6970, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 11, Shader 5.0
 
DirectX® 11
OpenGL
4.2
 
4.4

Benchmark performance

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 10.10 +35.4%
HD 6970 7.46

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 480 3650 +5.2%
HD 6970 3470

Passmark

GTX 480 4359 +23.7%
HD 6970 3524

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4541 −0.1%
 
4546 +0.1%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4541 −0.1%
 
4546 +0.1%

Mining hashrates

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%

Gaming performance

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

35.4% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (384 vs 256 bit)
Less power hungry (250 vs 550 watts)
DirectX11
OpenGL 4.2
3D Vision
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)
2048x1536 (VGA)
DirectX 11
3D Vision Surround
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
HDCP

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 6970

Cheaper ($369 vs $499)
More pipelines (1536 vs 480)
EyefinitySupport
CrossfireX

So, GTX 480 or HD 6970?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480.
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