GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of RX 480 vs 970 among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

7.7

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970  based on its benchmarks.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon RX 480

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon RX 480

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Significantly more memory 8,192 MB vs 4,096 MB 2x more memory
Better floating-point performance 5,834 GFLOPS vs 3,494 GFLOPS More than 65% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 182.3 GTexel/s vs 109.2 GTexel/s More than 65% higher texture rate
Higher memory bandwidth 256 GB/s vs 224.4 GB/s Around 15% higher memory bandwidth
Higher effective memory clock speed 8,000 MHz vs 7,012 MHz Around 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Slightly higher clock speed 1,120 MHz vs 1,050 MHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Better manhattan score 3,717.86 vs 3,409.75 Around 10% better manhattan score
More shading units 2,304 vs 1,664 640 more shading units
More texture mapping units 144 vs 104 40 more texture mapping units
Better bitcoin mining score 607.54 mHash/s vs 477.75 mHash/s More than 25% better bitcoin mining score
Higher memory clock speed 2,000 MHz vs 1,753 MHz Around 15% higher memory clock speed
Slightly higher turbo clock speed 1,266 MHz vs 1,178 MHz More than 5% higher turbo clock speed
Front view of GeForce GTX 970

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970

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Higher pixel rate 58.8 GPixel/s vs 40.5 GPixel/s More than 45% higher pixel rate
More render output processors 56 vs 32 24 more render output processors
Better cloud gate factor score 21.94 vs 20.44 More than 5% better cloud gate factor score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon RX 480 vs GeForce GTX 970

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
607.54 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 970
477.75 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
120.17 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 970
100.63 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
3,356.26
GeForce GTX 970
3,359.14

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
3,717.86
GeForce GTX 970
3,409.75

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Battlefield 4

Bioshock Infinite

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Comments

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GPUBoss, CPUBoss and SSDBoss are utter trash, no respectable person should be using these sites.
I neither traffic child porn or organs, I use bitcoin for a bit of minor trading, kind of like stock. Your comment is ignorant.
Now <b>this</b> is one of the worst sites for people searching for hardware advice
"My guess, they went with Nvidia given how AMD sucks releasing drivers." This is completely false.
There are tradeoffs with each card - made differently. I have had a GTX 970 for over a year. Works good - got it for $290. No complaints. Plays what I throw at it and does it well. At this point, I can't see getting a GTX 1070 due to price - not that much to gain. What I have plays what I want and it's ok. I update drivers every 3 months and NVIDIA always has an update which makes the card a little better. I can't bash Radeon because I don't have one. The numbers look good and they run games. Be happy with what you have regardless of the brand. Buy a new card when prices go down and when the card is on sale and anybody will be happy. 3 years from now when the GTX 1080 is $300 - then I'll buy it - but not till then. I'm good and so are you if your reading this because you have a 480 or 970 - both are solid choices from the specs.
tard tard! Bill Gate$ would choose AMD for sure! So would Donald Trimp! ... and Hillary would love the green calm theme of the nVidia's!
Which VGA card to buy depends on if you want better AF or AA, it's about textture quality vs screen resolution, depends on if you owns a 24" or 28" PC screen (or even bigger). Better keep in mind that if connected to LED/IPS TV screen, the AMD cards has issues playing movies all smooth unless the refresh rate has been lowered down to 50 or 24Hz, while Geforce cards has no such problems or far less of it. Also one of it's then released AMD drivers is a clown that need to has the audio driver roll back to the last used/release in order to make HDMI audio feed working.
I think you mean, Intel has a higher IPC, yes. Cant really compare Radeon with Intel IPC. Rx480 obviously better, GTX 970 performing better with DX11 workload, loses out on DX12/Vulcan.
I think they are referring to the fact that the 480 won in every category, but at the bottom the declare the 970 the winner. check below the score charts.
I love how I want to compare a 970 to a RX 480, because I'm looking for a new GPU for around £200~, yet they throw in a GTX 1080 which is around £600, no sh*t the 1080 will win...
Optimization and software if AMD ever matched Nvidia in these areas ,LOL because of proprietary blow jobing, then specs would actually matter on this site.
I comprehended his statement when he said the 480 was better than a 970 and responsed accordingly. Goofball, I'm pretty sure I know where my sticks are hidden at and I don't even want them back from you.
reading comprehension fail. go back to playing with sticks and mud, you obviously should never be allowed to touch anything more complicated.
and yet, they show the RX480 stomping the GTX 970... do you have no reading comprehension skills or do you actively work at being refukintarded?
Comparing 5820k to fx-8350? My i5 4690 almost as good as fx-8350 and it's quad core.
Better at what? DX11 games? The 970 wins in more titles than it loses in.
ShitUboss!
Your comment sure doesn't make it sound like you're a "grown man"...
I have just updated from evga gtx 970 to sapphire rx 480 8gb and tested 10 games before changing over and got min of 10fps increse on all games
HaHa I knew the winner before scrolling down. I mean, even after scoring the card much higher, Nvidia still wins. I think same people run CPUboss. There is no such thing as Nvidia bias, xpuboss=AMD haters.
jesus Christ. it's almost 6 tflops. it loses to 3.4 NVidia. 6.8 amd tflops= 3.4 NVidia tflops
well.... if you traffic child porn or organs, the 480 can do "bitcoin mining" better. You can also simulate oceans.... seems like even this site has the 970 winning in anything that matters. I own a machine with a 970, I am unhappy. Not a huge fan of the 970. I was HOPING , that AMD had FINALLY stopped being the definitive loser with these new cards. I thought, "a better card than the 970 for cheaper? with 8 gb and almost 4 tflops? hell yes!!" too bad it just IS NOT AS GOOD. Basically, HALF all of Amd's numbers to equal Nvidia. 8 gb AMD ram? = 4 gb NVidia ram. 1000 MHz AMD?= 500 MHz NVidia. So on and so on. Think... why does the 3.3 ghz 6 core 5820k, beat the SHIT (by over 6 times) out of the EIGHT core fx-8350 that's like 4.0 ghz? Because, AMD uses shitty shitty chit shit from Malaysia. I am not a "fanboy." I am a grown man, that wants the best bang for my hard earned dollar. From my opinion, i'm just a tech like many on a site like this, AMD blows ass balls. It's embarrassing. Even more so, when I was looking forward to it. The rx 480 was supposed to beat the 1060. Lol... can't even beat the 970. Rx 480 4 gb= like.... gtx 770 ..................... rx 480 8 gb = gtx 960
nope. just like the i7 5820k was tied with the 6700k at launch, but is now only 6/10 to the 6700k's 9/10, they are lowering week by week. The 970 started out winning, "a month ago," when you posted. It is now .5 behind. Soon, it will be a 4/10 to the 480's 10/10. This site is bullshit. Real benchmarks, show the EXACT system with a gtx 970, then a rx 480 8 gb.... the 970 wins slightly. I have a tomb raider 244 fps (rx 480) vs 263 fps (970) that Is pretty solid. The rx 480 has MANY benefits over the 480, and is probably "better." It DOES seem that the 970 pushes out more FPS on most titles. Look at this paltry sites 2 or 3 benchmarks. The 970 wins. = not a fanboy. = not being a dick, trying to add something if I can. I planned to SELL my VERY unused 970, for a rx 480. But.... it appears the rx 480 is %10 better at BEST, and not as good at worst.
How did the 970 win if the 480 beat it in ALL tests? Sucking nvidias cock much gpuboss?
ok i got one to ask as i am not shore my gtx 970 is a good card but some games need more thwn 4gb of ram and mankind say i cant have it sent to use 4gb as we all know what nvida did 3.5 but do you think i should get an rx 480 8 gb or a gtx 6gb all my problem is the memory that card still kicks ass other then that i dont need an 1070 as 1080p gaming
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