NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 vs AMD Radeon RX 470

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
AMD Radeon RX 470

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 470 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
GCN 4.0
Code name
GM204
 
Ellesmere
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
19 September 2014
 
4 August 2016
Launch price (MSRP)
$329
 
$179
Price now
$607
 
$399

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 470'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 970 and Radeon RX 470's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1664
 
2048
CUDA cores
1664
 
n/d
Core clock speed
1050 MHz
 
926 MHz
Boost Clock
1178 MHz
 
1206 MHz
Transistor count
5,200 million
 
5,700 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
14 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
148 Watt
 
120 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
98 °C
 
n/d
Texture fill rate
109 billion / sec
 
154.4 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
3,920 gflops
 
4,940 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 470 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
PCI Express 3.0
 
n/d
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
10.5" (26.7 cm)
 
241 mm
Height
4.376" (11.1 cm)
 
n/d
Recommended system power (PSU)
500 Watt
 
n/d
Supplementary power connectors
2x 6-pins
 
1x 6-pin
SLI options
4x
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 470: 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
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
7.0 GB/s
 
6600 MHz
Memory bandwidth
224 GB / s
 
211.2 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 470.
Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
Display Connectors
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
 
n/d
Multi monitor support
4 displays
 
n/d
HDCP
+
 
-
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
n/d
G-SYNC support
+
 
-
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 
n/d

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 470. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
FreeSync
-
 
+
3D Vision
+
 
-
GameStream
+
 
-
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
-
GPU Boost
+
 
n/d
GameWorks
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
n/d
GeForce Experience
+
 
n/d
Surround
+
 
n/d
DisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready
n/d
 
+
Adaptive Vertical Sync
+
 
n/d
HDMI 2.0b
n/d
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 470, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12.0 (12_1)
 
12.0 (12_0)
OpenGL
4.4
 
4.6

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 470. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 970 43.72 +9.7%
RX 470 39.87

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 970 422295 +10.9%
RX 470 380689

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 970 72819 +6.3%
RX 470 68475

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 970 9434
RX 470 9507 +0.8%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 970 11954 +0.6%
RX 470 11885

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 970 16033
RX 470 17625 +9.9%

Passmark

GTX 970 8634 +12.6%
RX 470 7671

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4541 +0.9%
 
4501 −0.9%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4541 +0.9%
 
4501 −0.9%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 470. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
478 Mh/s −3.6%
 
495 Mh/s +3.6%
Decred / DCR (Decred)
1.51 Gh/s
 
n/d
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
22.21 Mh/s −35.1%
 
30 Mh/s +35.1%
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.48 kh/s
 
n/d
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
291.61 Sol/s +45.8%
 
200 Sol/s −45.8%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 470 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

9.7% faster in synthetic tests
Higher memory bandwidth (224 vs 211.2 GB/s)
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)
3D Vision
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
Surround
GameStream (streams data between the PC and NVIDIA SHIELD device attached to a TV. Basically allows using the PC as a gaming console)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Adaptive Vertical Sync
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
HDCP
G-SYNC support
GeForce ShadowPlay
GameWorks

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 470

Much newer (4 August 2016 vs 19 September 2014)
Cheaper ($179 vs $329)
More pipelines (2048 vs 1664)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (120 vs 148 watts)
DisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready
HDMI 2.0b
AMD FreeSync
FreeSync

So, GTX 970 or RX 470?

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