AMD Radeon RX 580 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

General info

Comparison of Radeon RX 580 and GeForce GTX 970 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
Value for money (0-100)
GCN 4.0
Maxwell 2.0
Code name
Polaris 20
Release date
18 April 2017
19 September 2014
Launch price (MSRP)
Price now

Technical specs

Radeon RX 580 and GeForce GTX 970's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon RX 580 and GeForce GTX 970's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
CUDA cores
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Core clock speed
1257 MHz
1050 MHz
Boost Clock
1340 MHz
1178 MHz
Transistor count
5,700 million
5,200 million
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
185 Watt
148 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
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98 °C
Texture fill rate
109 billion/sec
Floating-point performance
6,175 gflops
3,920 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon RX 580 and GeForce GTX 970 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
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PCI Express 3.0
PCIe 3.0 x16
PCIe 3.0 x16
241 mm
10.5" (26.7 cm)
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4.376" (11.1 cm)
Recommended system power (PSU)
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500 Watt
Supplementary power connectors
1x 8-pin
2x 6-pins
SLI options


Parameters of memory installed on Radeon RX 580 and GeForce GTX 970: 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
Maximum RAM amount
8 GB
4 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
8000 MHz
7.0 GB/s
Memory bandwidth
256.0 GB/s
224 GB/s
Shared memory
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Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon RX 580 and GeForce GTX 970. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
Display Connectors
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
Display Connectors
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Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
Multi monitor support
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4 displays
Maximum VGA resolution
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G-SYNC support
Audio input for HDMI
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Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon RX 580 and GeForce GTX 970. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
GeForce ShadowPlay
GPU Boost
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GeForce Experience
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Adaptive Vertical Sync
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API support

APIs supported by Radeon RX 580 and GeForce GTX 970, sometimes including their particular versions.
12 (12_0)
12 (12_1)

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon RX 580 and GeForce GTX 970. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

RX 580 40.40
GTX 970 44.54 +10.2%

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

RX 580 348952
GTX 970 422295 +21%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

RX 580 82516 +13.3%
GTX 970 72819

3DMark Fire Strike Score

RX 580 11986 +27.1%
GTX 970 9434

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

RX 580 13927 +16.5%
GTX 970 11954

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

RX 580 19274 +20.2%
GTX 970 16033

3DMark Vantage Performance

RX 580 44344 +4.9%
GTX 970 42263


RX 580 8731
GTX 970 9624 +10.2%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon RX 580 and GeForce GTX 970. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
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478 Mh/s
Decred / DCR (Decred)
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1.51 Gh/s
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
no data
22.21 Mh/s
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
no data
0.48 kh/s
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
no data
291.61 Sol/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon RX 580 and GeForce GTX 970 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 580

Much newer (18 April 2017 vs 19 September 2014)
Cheaper ($229 vs $329)
More pipelines (2304 vs 1664)
Higher memory bandwidth (256 vs 224 GB/s)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

10.2% faster in synthetic tests
Less power hungry (148 vs 185 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)
NVIDIA GameStream
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)
3D Vision Surround
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)

So, RX 580 or GTX 970?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970.
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