AMD Radeon HD 6970 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470

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AMD Radeon HD 6970
Radeon HD 6970
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  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 0
  • Max video memory 2048 MB
  • Memory type DDR5
  • Memory clock speed 1375
  • Maximum resolution
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
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  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory
  • Memory type
  • Memory clock speed 1674 MHz (3348 data rate)
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 9.99$
Games supported 70%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating407378
Value for money2.618.13
ArchitectureTerascale 2 (2009−2015)Fermi (2010−2014)
GPU code nameCaymanGF100
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Designreferenceno data
Release date14 December 2010 (11 years ago)12 April 2010 (12 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$369 $349
Price now$255 (0.7x MSRP)$9.99 (0x MSRP)
Value for money

To get the index we compare the characteristics of video cards and their relative prices.

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores1536no data
CUDA coresno data448
Boost clock speed880 MHzno data
Number of transistors2,640 million3,100 million
Manufacturing process technology40 nm40 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)550 Wattno data
Maximum GPU temperatureno data105 °C
Texture fill rate84.4834.0 billion/sec
Floating-point performance2,703.4 gflops1,088.6 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on 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 supportPCIe 2.0 x1616x PCI-E 2.0
InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16PCIe 2.0 x16
Length267 mm9.5" (241 mm) (24.1 cm)
Heightno data4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)
Width2-slotno data
Supplementary power connectors1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pinno data
SLI optionsno data+

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeDDR5no data
Maximum RAM amount2 GBno data
Memory bus width256 Bit320 Bit
Memory clock speed1375 MHz1674 MHz (3348 data rate)
Memory bandwidthno data133.9 GB/s
Shared memoryno data-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPortTwo Dual Link DVIMini HDMI
Multi monitor supportno data+
Eyefinity1no data
HDMI+no data
Maximum VGA resolutionno data2048x1536
DisplayPort support-no data
Audio input for HDMIno dataInternal

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

AppAcceleration-no data
CrossFire1no data
Enduro-no data
HD3D-no data
PowerTune-no data
TrueAudio-no data
ZeroCore-no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectXDirectX® 11no data
Shader Model5.05.1
OpenGL4.44.2
OpenCL1.2no data
Vulkanno dataN/A
Mantle-no data
CUDAno data+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

HD 6970 9.55
GTX 470 10.59
+10.9%
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • Passmark

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

HD 6970 3470
+25.8%
GTX 470 2758

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

HD 6970 2842
GTX 470 3151
+10.9%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 6970 and GeForce GTX 470. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 273 Mh/s 97 Mh/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

900pno data52
Full HDno data64
1200pno data53

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−11
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10−12
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Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Battlefield 5 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Cyberpunk 2077 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Far Cry 5 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Far Cry New Dawn 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Forza Horizon 4 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Hitman 3 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Battlefield 5 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Cyberpunk 2077 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Far Cry 5 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Far Cry New Dawn 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Forza Horizon 4 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Hitman 3 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Metro Exodus 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Battlefield 5 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Cyberpunk 2077 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Far Cry 5 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Far Cry New Dawn 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Forza Horizon 4 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Hitman 3 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Metro Exodus 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Battlefield 5 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Cyberpunk 2077 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Far Cry 5 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Far Cry New Dawn 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Forza Horizon 4 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Hitman 3 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Metro Exodus 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Battlefield 5 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Cyberpunk 2077 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Far Cry 5 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Far Cry New Dawn 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Forza Horizon 4 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 9.55 10.59
Novelty 14 December 2010 12 April 2010
Cost $369 $349
Memory bus width 256 320

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470

since it shows better performance.


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Competitors of Radeon HD 6970 by NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 6970 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 460 768MB, which is slower by 1% and lower by 4 positions in our rating.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB GeForce GTX 460 768MB
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Competitors of GeForce GTX 470 by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 470 from AMD is Radeon R7 260X, which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 1 position in our rating.

AMD Radeon R7 260X Radeon R7 260X
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Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 470:

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