NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 vs AMD Radeon RX 480

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
AMD Radeon RX 480

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 480 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Perfomance to price
40.64
 
76.96
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
GCN 4.0
Code name
GM204
 
Ellesmere
GCN generation
n/d
 
4th Gen
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
n/d
 
reference
Release date
19 September 2014
 
29 June 2016
Launch price (MSRP)
$329
 
$229
Price
$407.76
 
$289.07

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 480'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 480's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1664
 
2304
CUDA cores
1664
 
n/d
Compute units
n/d
 
36
Core clock speed
1050 MHz
 
1120 MHz
Boost Clock
1178 MHz
 
1266 MHz
Transistor count
5,200 million
 
5,700 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
14 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
148 Watt
 
150 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
98 °C
 
n/d
Texture fill rate
109 billion / sec
 
182.3 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
3,920 gflops
 
5,834 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 480 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 / a
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
 
-
Bridgeless CrossFire
-
 
+

Memory specs

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 480: 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
 
2000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
224 GB / s
 
224 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 480.
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
Eyefinity
-
 
+
HDMI
-
 
2.0
HDCP
+
 
-
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
n/d
DisplayPort support
-
 
1.4HDR
G-SYNC support
+
 
-
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 
n/d

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 480. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
AppAcceleration
-
 
n / a
CrossFire
-
 
+
Enduro
-
 
n / a
FRTC
-
 
+
FreeSync
-
 
+
HD3D
-
 
n / a
LiquidVR
-
 
+
PowerTune
-
 
+
TressFX
-
 
+
TrueAudio
-
 
n / a
ZeroCore
-
 
+
UVD
-
 
+
VCE
-
 
+
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 480, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12.0 (12_1)
 
DirectX® 12
OpenGL
4.4
 
4.5
OpenCL
n/d
 
2.0
Vulkan
1.1.0.1
 
+
Mantle
-
 
n / a

Video card benchmarks performance comparison

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 480. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
44.17 −1.7%
 
44.92 +1.7%
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
422295
 
n/d
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
72819 +0.8%
 
72213 −0.8%
3DMark Fire Strike Score
9434 −9.5%
 
10329 +9.5%
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
11954
 
n/d
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
16033
 
n/d
3DMark Vantage Performance
42263
 
n/d
Unigine Heaven 4.0
1543
 
n/d
Passmark
8595 +5.9%
 
8116 −5.9%
Octane Render OctaneBench
79
 
n/d

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 480. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
478 Mh/s −27.6%
 
610 Mh/s +27.6%
Decred / DCR (Decred)
1.51 Gh/s
 
n/d
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
22.21 Mh/s −21.6%
 
27 Mh/s +21.6%
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.48 kh/s
 
n/d
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
291.61 Sol/s +8%
 
270 Sol/s −8%

Game benchmarks comparison (in FPS)

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 480 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS, while overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade.
Overall gaming performance
0.51 +6.3%
 
0.48 −6.3%
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Fortnite (2018)
high / 1080p
82
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
60
 
n/d
4k / 2160p
22
 
n/d
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017)
low / 720p
138
 
n/d
medium / 1080p
71
 
n/d
high / 1080p
65
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
34
 
n/d
4k / 2160p
22
 
n/d
Mass Effect Andromeda (2017)
high / 1080p
57
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
51
 
n/d
4k / 2160p
20
 
n/d
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) (2017)
ultra / 1080p
52
 
n/d
4k / 2160p
18
 
n/d
Resident Evil 7 (2017)
high / 1080p
n/d
 
129
ultra / 1080p
88 −27.3%
 
112 +27.3%
4k / 2160p
31 −14.3%
 
35 +14.3%
Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2017)
ultra / 1080p
66
 
n/d
4k / 2160p
9
 
n/d
Battlefield 1 (BF1) (2016)
high / 1080p
n/d
 
99
ultra / 1080p
87 −2.3%
 
89 +2.3%
4k / 2160p
38 −1.6%
 
38 +1.6%
Civilization VI (2016)
high / 1080p
n/d
 
77
ultra / 1080p
68 +0%
 
68 +0%
4k / 2160p
58 +0%
 
58 +0%
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016)
high / 1080p
52 −23.1%
 
64 +23.1%
ultra / 1080p
28 −18.9%
 
33 +18.9%
4k / 2160p
17 −19.4%
 
20 +19.4%
Dishonored 2 (2016)
low / 720p
106
 
n/d
medium / 768p
100
 
n/d
high / 1080p
60 −13.3%
 
68 +13.3%
ultra / 1080p
57 −6.3%
 
61 +6.3%
4k / 2160p
29 +12.6%
 
25 −12.6%
Doom (2016)
low / 720p
170
 
n/d
medium / 768p
161
 
n/d
high / 1080p
109
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
99 +24.1%
 
80 −24.1%
4k / 2160p
34 +14.3%
 
30 −14.3%
Far Cry Primal (2016)
low / 720p
112 −18.8%
 
133 +18.8%
medium / 1080p
100 +5.3%
 
95 −5.3%
high / 1080p
80 −6.3%
 
85 +6.3%
ultra / 1080p
55 −8.3%
 
59 +8.3%
4k / 2160p
27 −3.7%
 
28 +3.7%
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016)
low / 720p
151
 
n/d
medium / 768p
137 +9.4%
 
125 −9.4%
high / 1080p
81 +1%
 
80 −1%
ultra / 1080p
73 +3.1%
 
70 −3.1%
4k / 2160p
26 +2.8%
 
25 −2.8%
Overwatch (2016)
medium / 768p
288
 
n/d
high / 1080p
188 −5.1%
 
197 +5.1%
ultra / 1080p
108 −28.2%
 
139 +28.2%
4k / 2160p
58 +2.1%
 
57 −2.1%
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
low / 768p
159
 
n/d
medium / 768p
128
 
n/d
high / 1080p
76
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
62 +9.4%
 
57 −9.4%
4k / 2160p
25 −1.2%
 
26 +1.2%
The Division (2016)
low / 720p
191
 
n/d
medium / 768p
138
 
n/d
high / 1080p
72
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
55 −4.1%
 
58 +4.1%
4k / 2160p
27 −5.2%
 
28 +5.2%
Titanfall 2 (2016)
high / 1080p
59
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
87
 
n/d
Watch Dogs 2 (2016)
medium / 768p
n/d
 
108
high / 1080p
66 −0.9%
 
66 +0.9%
ultra / 1080p
35 −16.7%
 
41 +16.7%
4k / 2160p
23 −0.4%
 
23 +0.4%
XCOM 2 (2016)
low / 720p
88
 
n/d
medium / 1080p
76
 
n/d
high / 1080p
59 +2.8%
 
58 −2.8%
ultra / 1080p
28 +2.6%
 
27 −2.6%
4k / 2160p
16 −2.5%
 
16 +2.5%
Fallout 4 (2015)
medium / 768p
132
 
n/d
high / 1080p
91
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
74 +8.7%
 
68 −8.7%
4k / 2160p
30 +5.6%
 
28 −5.6%
GTA V (2015)
low / 768p
168
 
n/d
medium / 768p
159
 
n/d
high / 1080p
98 −8.4%
 
106 +8.4%
ultra / 1080p
44 −4.2%
 
46 +4.2%
4k / 2160p
46 +32.8%
 
35 −32.8%
Just Cause 3 (2015)
medium / 768p
101
 
n/d
high / 1080p
86 −1.9%
 
88 +1.9%
ultra / 1080p
79 −4.2%
 
82 +4.2%
4k / 2160p
34 +2.8%
 
33 −2.8%
Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
low / 768p
282
 
n/d
medium / 768p
230
 
n/d
high / 1080p
142
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
121 −5.1%
 
127 +5.1%
4k / 2160p
45 −8%
 
48 +8%
The Witcher 3 (2015)
medium / 768p
146
 
n/d
high / 1080p
81 +4.1%
 
78 −4.1%
ultra / 1080p
43 −3.3%
 
44 +3.3%
4k / 2160p
29 +7%
 
27 −7%
Far Cry 4 (2014)
low / 768p
131
 
n/d
medium / 768p
131
 
n/d
high / 1080p
90
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
68
 
n/d
Sims 4 (2014)
low / 768p
184
 
n/d
medium / 768p
168
 
n/d
high / 1080p
140
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
127
 
n/d
Battlefield 4 (2013)
low / 768p
200
 
n/d
medium / 768p
200
 
n/d
high / 768p
195
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
89 +8%
 
82 −8%
4k / 2160p
45 +8.1%
 
42 −8.1%
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
168
 
n/d
medium / 768p
145
 
n/d
high / 768p
111
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
53 +0.4%
 
53 −0.4%
Tomb Raider (2013)
low / 768p
554
 
n/d
medium / 768p
433
 
n/d
high / 768p
286
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
135
 
n/d

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

6.3% faster in games
Less power hungry (148 vs 150 watts)
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 480

1.7% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (29 June 2016 vs 19 September 2014)
Cheaper ($229 vs $329)
More pipelines (2304 vs 1664)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)
DisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready
HDMI 2.0b
AMD FreeSync
Bridgeless CrossFire
Eyefinity (allows using several displays with an AMD GPU)
CrossFire
FRTC
FreeSync
LiquidVR
PowerTune (dynamically increases AMD GPU's voltage and frequency while there's still enough temperature headroom. Similar to NVIDIA GPU Boost)
TressFX
ZeroCore
UVD
VCE

So, GTX 970 or RX 480?

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