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


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


Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

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Noise and Power

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Overall Score

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
Significantly better floating-point performance 5,834 GFLOPS vs 3,494 GFLOPS More than 65% better floating-point performance
Significantly higher texture rate 182.3 GTexel/s vs 109.2 GTexel/s More than 65% higher texture rate
Higher effective memory clock speed 8,000 MHz vs 7,012 MHz Around 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory bandwidth 256 GB/s vs 224.4 GB/s Around 15% higher memory bandwidth
Slightly higher clock speed 1,120 MHz vs 1,050 MHz More than 5% higher clock speed
More shading units 2,304 vs 1,664 640 more shading units
More texture mapping units 144 vs 104 40 more texture mapping units
Higher memory clock speed 2,000 MHz vs 1,753 MHz Around 15% higher memory clock speed
Better face detection score 120.46 mPixels/s vs 105.04 mPixels/s Around 15% better face detection score
Higher turbo clock speed 1,266 MHz vs 1,178 MHz More than 5% higher turbo clock speed
Front view of GeForce GTX 970

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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
Significantly more render output processors 56 vs 32 24 more render output processors
Slightly better cloud gate factor score 22.23 vs 21.43 Around 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
614.7 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 970
212.39 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
120.46 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 970
105.04 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
GeForce GTX 970

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
GeForce GTX 970

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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CPU and GPU boss sites are highly Intel+Nvidia bias regardless of what the results for AMD's products are shown, they still declare Intel+Nvidia to be the winners.
Things are very different after the release, also many sites had to retest rx480 with new the drivers, crimson drivers made a big diference in the last months, custom cards like Sapphire Nitro and Asus Strix are faster than reference, nochance today for GTX970 and GTX 1060 in Dx12. After 8 month Rx480 is a clear winner the fight now is against GTX1060. The card in DX12 is performing like a Gtx980
RX 480 Win ...
Their algorithms aren't so good... but the results you can read yourself are good.
Why is the comparison between a 8GB variation and 4GB variation?
I think this is what they are talking about. The RX 480 stomps the GTX (70 and yet the 970 is declared the winner. Winner Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 based on its benchmarks.
I'm about the same way. My 970 has done great for anything 1080p. It's only recently that games have started breaching the 3.5g ram limit and slowing me down.. Got an rx 480 for my friend, and it beat me out in 3dmark. But that's also just a benchmark... It's a good quite card for what it is. Comparable performance for cheaper? That's always been AMD's entire marketing point. I would say 970 is much smoother, but 480 isn't far behind. When I build a new system here shortly, I plan to sell the 970 and give my friend my current system with the 480 inside. Should do great for it's purposes.
Yo tengo una Gtx 970 y entiendo que la 480 es Superior en casi todos los aspectos..... que injusta es la vida.
Is this a joke? I thought better graphics card is one with better graphics performance especially in gaming, lol!!! Who is the winner again? Please admit it, it is RX 480. Damn sigh!
Actually it looks like the underlying point is that Radeon DRIVERS suck for real gaming. Plus Nvidia hardware is a little better for motion of objects already on screen. For pure computation driver software is not as important. Probably why Radeon hardware shows better in games with lots of explosions or other events which suddenly appear on screen. Also GPUboss places a lot of weight on power consumption and noise for overall winner...which is frankly unimportant to gaming ESPECIALLY when wearing headsets (assuming you do what is needed to cool the hardware). Realistically GPUboss should separate winners into gaming category (power costs and noise not included as factor) and a category for business/group environment (where noise and power usage are much more relevant).
It says based on its benchmarks. Look at the bottom of the screen in which they implement games and compubench. This is why they say the 970. Calm yourselves.
Lmao they're comparing a gtx 1060 with those two to have a reference to a more recent card you dimwit
This sight is going to have shit fit when AMD releases Zen a buddy of mine that works at intel pretty high up say"s they don't have an answer for it there CEO is on his way out and Kabylake I7 7900 can"t touch the high end Zen In cores or Performance 8th gen is as lackluster as kaby baby! Vega is poised to take out Nvidia's GtX1080 and Nividia didn' even mention or hint of anything Graphics card at CES 2017. All they were into was self driving cars! In about two weeks cpu & gpu boss are going to look stupid Idiots!
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 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.
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