AMD Radeon RX 580 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Comparison of Radeon RX 580 and GeForce GTX 970 architecture, market type and release date.
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.
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Maximum GPU temperature
Texture fill rate
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).
PCI Express 3.0
PCIe 3.0 x16
PCIe 3.0 x16
10.5" (26.7 cm)
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Recommended system power (PSU)
Supplementary power connectors
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.
Maximum RAM amount
Memory bus width
Memory clock speed
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.
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
Multi monitor support
Maximum VGA resolution
Audio input for HDMI
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.
Adaptive Vertical Sync
APIs supported by Radeon RX 580 and GeForce GTX 970, sometimes including their particular versions.
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%
Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon RX 580 and GeForce GTX 970. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
Decred / DCR (Decred)
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
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)
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)
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.
Should you still have questions on choice between Radeon RX 580 and GeForce GTX 970, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.