AMD Radeon RX 580 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

AMD Radeon RX 580
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)
27.36
 
14.26
Architecture
Polaris
 
Maxwell
Code name
Polaris 20
 
GM204
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
18 April 2017
 
19 September 2014
Launch price (MSRP)
$229
 
$329
Price now
$170
 
$330

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.
Pipelines
2304
 
1664
CUDA cores
n/d
 
1664
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
n/d
 
98 °C
Texture fill rate
193.0 GTexel / s
 
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
n/d
 
PCI Express 3.0
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
241 mm
 
10.5" (26.7 cm)
Height
n/d
 
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Recommended system power (PSU)
n/d
 
500 Watt
Supplementary power connectors
1x 8-pin
 
2x 6-pins
SLI options
-
 
4x

Memory

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
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
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
n/d
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon RX 580 and GeForce GTX 970.
Display Connectors
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
Display Connectors
n/d
 
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
Multi monitor support
n/d
 
4 displays
HDCP
-
 
+
Maximum VGA resolution
n/d
 
2048x1536
G-SYNC support
-
 
+
Audio input for HDMI
n/d
 
Internal

Technologies

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
-
 
+
GameStream
-
 
+
GeForce ShadowPlay
-
 
+
GPU Boost
n/d
 
+
GameWorks
-
 
+
CUDA
-
 
+
SLI
n/d
 
+
GeForce Experience
n/d
 
+
Surround
n/d
 
+
Adaptive Vertical Sync
n/d
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon RX 580 and GeForce GTX 970, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12
 
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1)
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.4

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 38.07
GTX 970 38.51 +1.2%

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

Passmark

RX 580 8549
GTX 970 8648 +1.2%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon RX 580 and GeForce GTX 970. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
n/d
 
478 Mh/s
Decred / DCR (Decred)
n/d
 
1.51 Gh/s
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
n/d
 
22.21 Mh/s
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
n/d
 
0.48 kh/s
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
n/d
 
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

1.2% 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)
Surround
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)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
HDCP
3D Vision Surround
NVIDIAGameStreamReady
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)
GameWorks

So, RX 580 or GTX 970?

Technical City couldn't decide between AMD Radeon RX 580 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970. The differences in performance seem too small.
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