GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of RX 580 vs 970 among all GPUs


Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


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


Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon RX 580

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon RX 580

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More memory 8,192 MB vs 4,096 MB 2x more memory
Higher clock speed 1,257 MHz vs 1,050 MHz Around 20% higher clock speed
Better floating-point performance 6,175 GFLOPS vs 3,494 GFLOPS More than 75% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 193 GTexel/s vs 109.2 GTexel/s More than 75% 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
Better video composition score 84.95 frames/s vs 36.64 frames/s More than 2.2x better video composition 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
Higher turbo clock speed 1,340 MHz vs 1,178 MHz Around 15% higher turbo clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 2,000 MHz vs 1,753 MHz Around 15% higher memory clock speed
Front view of GeForce GTX 970

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 970

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Slightly better PassMark score 8,563 vs 7,781 More than 10% better PassMark score
More render output processors 56 vs 32 24 more render output processors
Higher pixel rate 58.8 GPixel/s vs 42.88 GPixel/s More than 35% higher pixel rate
Slightly better PassMark direct compute score 4,375 vs 3,923 More than 10% better PassMark direct compute score
Lower TDP 148W vs 185W 20% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon RX 580 vs GeForce GTX 970

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 580
607.72 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 970
212.39 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 580
116.37 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 970
105.04 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 580
2,007.61 frames/s
GeForce GTX 970
1,225.93 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 580
GeForce GTX 970

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 580
GeForce GTX 970

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark


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TDP and heat issues is the clear winning point. Performance/Cost is another.
its a difference of 8
Really? So why did it say my old Intel q9550 quad core with samsung 4gb of ram and a nvidia 8800 gts 320mb card outscore on trex and manhatten both my AMD R7 370 2gb ddr5 windforce card? lmao!! how friggin funny is that... use the obvious nvidia benchtest that is based for nvidia cards no matter how frigging old they are.. lmao! Use a tested and certified benchmark program that gives both a fair shake on the gpu testing... and post real numbers.
It says right here that it apparently has better compute performance and overall benchmarks, which I can and can't believe at the same time. I can because it's NVIDIA, who has been known for quality, but can't because it's a previous gen card. I use a previous gen NVIDIA card, but it's a 980 SC so it's still up there with current gen, rivaling the 1070.
aaaaaand that explains why you disagree with it. Back when the 900 series was made, AMD was trying to be more of a mid-range/low end budget niche, and they did that spectacularly. Lower prices with better power compared to the NVIDIA counterparts of the same level. The 970 isn't outstanding, but it's more versatile, and though this is a current gen AMD vs a last gen NVIDIA, AMD is just beginning to go up against high end NVIDIA current gen. Maybe the graphics are better, and the computing is likely better, but think about everywhere else, like cooling. I don't know about this card's cooling, and it'd be great if you could get back to me about it, but I've always remembered the 900 series being great with cooling, like the card I use, the EVGA GTX 980 SuperClocked. The ACX 2.0 cooling is quite a highlight of it. My friends had me build PCs with AMD GPUs, so I have nothing against them, especially since I've seen the potential they have.
how much nvidia paid them?
wtf why does 970 say better graphics its a older generation card SIEG HEIL AMD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GTX 970 WINNER? Where?
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