AMD Radeon RX 470 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti

General info

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

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
5.50
 
2.21
Architecture
Polaris
 
Kepler
GPU code name
Polaris 10 Pro
 
GK110
Market segment
Desktop
 
Desktop
Launch date
4 August 2016 (4 years ago)
 
7 November 2013 (7 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$179
 
$699
Price now
$209 (1.2x MSRP)
 
$596 (0.9x MSRP)

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 cores
2048
 
2880
CUDA cores
no data
 
2880
Core clock speed
926 MHz
 
875 MHz
Boost clock speed
1206 MHz
 
928 MHz
Number of transistors
5,700 million
 
7,080 million
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
120 Watt
 
250 Watt
Texture fill rate
154.4
 
210 billion/sec
Floating-point performance
4,940 gflops
 
5,345 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 support
no data
 
PCI Express 3.0
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
241 mm
 
10.5" (26.7 cm)
Height
no data
 
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
 
One 8-pin and one 6-pin
SLI options
-
 
+

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 type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
8 GB
 
3 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
384 Bit
Memory clock speed
6600 MHz
 
7.0 GB/s
Memory bandwidth
211.2 GB/s
 
336 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

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 Connectors
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Display Connectors
no data
 
One Dual Link DVI-I, One Dual Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPort
Multi monitor support
no data
 
4 displays
HDMI
+
 
+
HDCP
-
 
+
Maximum VGA resolution
no data
 
2048x1536
Audio input for HDMI
no data
 
Internal

Technologies

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

FreeSync
+
 
-
Blu Ray 3D
-
 
+
3D Gaming
-
 
+
3D Vision
-
 
+
3D Vision Live
-
 
+

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
12 (12_0)
 
12 (11_1)
Shader Model
6.4
 
5.1
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.4
OpenCL
2.0
 
1.2
Vulkan
1.2.131
 
1.1.126
CUDA
-
 
+

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.

RX 470 30.16
GTX 780 Ti 34.53 +14.5%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

RX 470 68475
GTX 780 Ti 75688 +10.5%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

RX 470 9507
GTX 780 Ti 9974 +4.9%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

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.

RX 470 11885 +0.6%
GTX 780 Ti 11812

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

RX 470 17625 +12.8%
GTX 780 Ti 15619

Passmark

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.

RX 470 8004
GTX 780 Ti 9165 +14.5%

Rendering quality tests

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

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon RX 470 and GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
495 Mh/s +53.7%
 
322 Mh/s −53.7%
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
30 Mh/s
 
no data
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
200 Sol/s
 
no data

Gaming performance

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

RX 470 satisfies 98% minimum and 90% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
98%
Recommended
90%
Minimum
98%
Recommended
90%

GTX 780 Ti satisfies 99% minimum and 94% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
99%
Recommended
94%
Minimum
99%
Recommended
94%

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

 
RX 470
GTX 780 Ti
1080p
 
71 −36.6%
97 +36.6%
1440p
 
41
no data
4K
 
35
no data

1920x1080
Medium Preset

Far Cry New Dawn
 
74
 
no data

1920x1080
High Preset

Far Cry New Dawn
 
68
 
no data

1920x1080
Ultra Preset

Far Cry 5
 
61
 
no data
Far Cry New Dawn
 
63
 
no data

2560x1440
Ultra Preset

Far Cry 5
 
43
 
no data
Far Cry New Dawn
 
46
 
no data

3840x2160
Ultra Preset

Far Cry New Dawn
 
24
 
no data

Competitors of Radeon RX 470 from NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon RX 470 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 780, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon RX 470:

Competitors of GeForce GTX 780 Ti from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 780 Ti from AMD is Radeon RX 5500 XT, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 2 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 780 Ti:

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 470

Much newer (4 August 2016 vs 7 November 2013)

Cheaper ($209 vs $596)

Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)

Lower power consumption (120W vs 250W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

AMD FreeSync

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti

14.5% better performance in benchmarks

Wider memory bus (384 vs 256 bit)

More pipelines (2880 vs 2048)

Higher memory bandwidth (336 vs 211.2 GB/s)

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)

HDCP

So, which one is the better GPU?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti, since it shows better performance.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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