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
 
Value for money (0-100)
19.42
 
65.84
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 now
$607
 
$179

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

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
 
8 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
-
 
+
Mantle
-
 
n / a

Benchmark performance

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

GTX 970 37.90
RX 480 37.90

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 970 422295 +10.2%
RX 480 383333

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 970 72819 +0.8%
RX 480 72213

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 970 9434
RX 480 10329 +9.5%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 970 11954
RX 480 12186 +1.9%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 970 16033
RX 480 17919 +11.8%

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 970 42263 +6.9%
RX 480 39552

Passmark

GTX 970 8628 +6.2%
RX 480 8126

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%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 480 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

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

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
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)

So, GTX 970 or RX 480?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 and AMD Radeon RX 480. The differences in performance seem too small.
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