AMD Radeon RX 470
vs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960

AMD Radeon RX 470
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
RX 470 GTX 960 Difference
AMD Radeon RX 470 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
Price $ 342.0 $ 89.0 253 (74%)
Year 2016 2015 1 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 75C 75C 0 (0%)
Max Fan Noise 49.4dB 40dB 9.4 (19%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 470W 0 (0%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz ($306.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0.0 FPS +0.0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0% 0.0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 56.4 FPS 41.1 FPS 15.3 (27%)
Average 1440p Performance 41.1 FPS 29.7 FPS 11.4 (28%)
Average 4K Performance 24.3 FPS 17.4 FPS 6.9 (28%)
Memory 4 GB 2 GB 2 (50%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 3.2 $ 4.8 1.6 (50%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 4.4 $ 6.7 2.3 (52%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 7.4 $ 11.4 4 (54%)
Overall Combination Score 69/100 64/100 5 (7%)
Our Verdict: The RX 470 is faster by 38% for 1440p gaming. The price/performance ratio is much better for GTX 960 .

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AMD Radeon RX 470
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
48
54.0
32
36.0
2019 Anthem
31
34.8
20
23.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
45
51.0
30
34.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
58
65.4
41
45.7
2019 Metro Exodus
26
29.2
18
20.3
2019 World War Z
69
77.0
33
37.5
2018 Forza Horizon 4
40
45.0
34
38.0
2018 Fallout 76
46
52.0
39
44.0
2018 Hitman 2
36
41.0
30
34.0
2018 Just Cause 4
37
42.1
26
29.4
2018 Monster Hunter: World
40
45.4
28
31.6
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
36
41.0
27
31.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
40
45.5
34
38.5
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
52
58.3
36
40.7
2017 For Honor
70
77.8
48
54.2
2017 Project CARS 2
49
55.1
34
38.4
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
60
66.7
41
46.6
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
37
41.7
21
24.2
2016 Hitman
66
73.8
29
32.7
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
56
63.1
41
45.8
2016 The Division
49
54.5
31
34.6
2016 Overwatch
63
70.7
53
59.5
2016 Dishonored 2
36
40.2
25
28.0
2015 DiRT Rally
77
86.1
55
62.2
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
42
47.7
32
35.9
2015 The Witcher 3
42
47.6
29
32.9
2015 Rocket League
204
226.8
142
158.2
2015 Need For Speed
56
62.9
39
43.8
2015 Project CARS
54
60.3
37
42.0
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
99
110.2
69
76.8
2013 Crysis 3
48
54.2
35
39.2
2013 Battlefield 4
57
63.5
45
50.8
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
139
155.5
97
108.5
2009 League of Legends
262
291.6
183
203.4

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AMD Radeon RX 470
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
32
40.2
21
26.8
2019 Anthem
22
27.6
14
18.4
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
31
39.6
21
26.4
2019 Resident Evil 2
35
44.1
24
30.7
2019 Metro Exodus
18
22.7
12
15.8
2019 World War Z
44
56.2
21
27.4
2018 Forza Horizon 4
30
38.0
25
32.0
2018 Hitman 2
21
27.0
17
22.0
2018 Just Cause 4
24
31.1
17
21.7
2018 Monster Hunter: World
25
31.8
17
22.1
2018 Battlefield V
34
43.0
26
33.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
24
31.0
18
23.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
23
29.4
20
25.2
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
33
42.1
23
29.4
2017 For Honor
36
45.4
25
31.6
2017 Project CARS 2
31
38.9
21
27.1
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
48
60.3
33
42.0
2016 Overwatch
39
49.0
33
41.3
2016 Dishonored 2
27
34.3
19
24.0
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
26
32.6
17
21.7
2015 Rocket League
77
97.2
54
67.8
2015 Need For Speed
38
48.6
27
33.9
2015 Project CARS
36
46.0
25
32.1
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
57
71.3
39
49.7
2013 Crysis 3
26
32.9
28
35.3
2013 Battlefield 4
32
41.2
25
31.4
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
103
129.6
72
90.4
2009 League of Legends
129
162.0
90
113.0

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AMD Radeon RX 470
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
16
24.0
11
16.0
2019 Anthem
10
15.0
7
10.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
14
21.0
9
14.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
15
21.7
10
15.1
2019 Metro Exodus
10
14.3
6
9.9
2019 World War Z
22
32.3
11
15.8
2018 Forza Horizon 4
17
25.0
14
21.0
2018 Hitman 2
11
16.0
9
13.0
2018 Just Cause 4
11
16.2
7
11.3
2018 Monster Hunter: World
10
15.2
7
10.6
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
12
18.0
9
13.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
11
16.1
9
13.3
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
20
29.2
14
20.3
2017 For Honor
15
22.7
11
15.8
2017 Project CARS 2
22
32.4
15
22.6
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
35
50.5
24
35.3
2016 Overwatch
17
25.2
14
21.0
2016 Dishonored 2
19
27.2
13
19.0
2015 Rocket League
31
45.4
22
31.6
2015 Need For Speed
22
32.4
15
22.6
2015 Project CARS
22
32.4
15
22.6
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
23
33.0
16
23.1
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
81
116.6
56
81.4
2009 League of Legends
45
64.8
31
45.2
RX 470 vs GTX 960 with i7-6700K vs i7-4790K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings
RX 470 vs GTX 960 with i7-6700K vs i7-4790K at 1440p and ultra vs ultra settings
RX 470 vs GTX 960 with i7-6700K vs i7-4790K at 4K and ultra vs ultra settings

AMD Radeon RX 470 / i7-6700K

For the most part, the RX 470 is still capable of playing modern games, but you would have to reduce settings to sustain those higher framerates. If keeping graphics quality settings closer to ultra or high is important, there are a few options for upgrades. With current 4096 MB RAM, the RX 470 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 / i7-4790K

With current 2048 MB RAM, the GTX 960 can have serious memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. With current 2048 MB RAM, the GTX 960 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

RX 470 vs GTX 960 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 470 GTX 960
Board NumberC940, D000-03, D009-07PG301
Length9.5 inches 241 mm9.5 inches 241 mm
Outputs1x HDMI3x DisplayPort1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin1x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP120 W120 W

Clock Speeds

RX 470 GTX 960
Boost Clock1206 MHz1178 MHz
GPU Clock926 MHz1127 MHz
Memory Clock1650 MHz 6600 MHz effective1753 MHz 7012 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 470 GTX 960
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationArctic Islands (RX 400)GeForce 900
Launch Price179 USD199 USD
ProductionActiveActive
Release DateAug 4th, 2016Jan 22nd, 2015

Graphics Features

RX 470 GTX 960
DirectX12.0 (12_0)12.0 (12_1)
OpenCL21.2
OpenGL4.54.6
Shader Model66.1
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

RX 470 GTX 960
ArchitectureGCN 4.0Maxwell 2.0
Die Size244 mm²228 mm²
GPU NameEllesmereGM206
GPU VariantPolaris 10 PRO (215-0876204)GM206-300-A1
Process Size14 nm28 nm
Transistors5,700 million2,940 million

Memory

RX 470 GTX 960
Bandwidth211.2 GB/s112.2 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit128 bit
Memory Size4096 MB2048 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 470 GTX 960
ROPs3232
Shading Units20481024
TMUs12864

Theoretical Performance

RX 470 GTX 960
FP32 (float) performance4,940 GFLOPS2,413 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance308.7 GFLOPS (1:16)75.39 GFLOPS (1:32)
Pixel Rate38.59 GPixel/s37.70 GPixel/s
Texture Rate154.4 GTexel/s75.39 GTexel/s

Discussion and Comments

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guapocolumn 5 months ago
Hi guys. Should I pick up a cheap GTX 960 or wait for an RX 470? Thanks in advance.
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kittzero 5 months ago
absolutely the 470
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potsubway 6 months ago
Its all in the title.

will the RX 470 4gb, outperform the GTX960 4gb by alot??

and if yes should we opt for a RX 470 4gb or 8gb??
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towelparsec 6 months ago
i would go for the rx 480, but if you cant I would go with the rx 470. the 960 is last gen tech and amd Polaris is much newer technology and has much better dx 12 support. The rx 470 also should be a bit faster than the 960, and the 480 is way faster/better than the 960(the rx 480 is 970 level performance). also I doubt they will make an 8 gig rx 470, it will most likely just be 4 gigs and no other vram option. if you want an 8 gig card go with the rx 480 8 gig, even if they do make an rx 470 with 8 gigs, it will most likely be too weak to realistically utilize than 4-6 gigs under normal circumstances.
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unsubtlerapadash 6 months ago
I'm wanting one of these graphics cards and was wondering which graphics card is better? I've tried looking for benchmarks etc but most places say that the RX 470 is better and some say the GTX 1060, so i'm really unsure?
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grabbanked 6 months ago
I hava a fx 6300 cpu.
and i have a radeon r7 260x gpu
i want to upgrade my gpu to rx 470 or rx 480 or GTX 960.
what is the best gpu for my pc.
will it cause a bottleneck
if yes, will the bottleneck problem injure my gpu?

Thanks
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ejectionspinach 6 months ago
The best would be probably GTX 1060.
If your CPU is overclocked, there will be no major "bottleneck" and "bottlenecks" are not damaging parts. It just means that there is something limiting application performance to some degree.
What is the power supply in your computer ?
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luggmagnitude 6 months ago
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 G1 Gaming 4GB -https://www.pccasegear.com/products/31287/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-960-g1-gaming-4gb

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XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Triple X 4GB -
https://www.pccasegear.com/products/36377/xfx-radeon-rx-470-rs-triple-x-4gb
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tamarinpersevere 7 months ago
I found a 4gb msi rx 470 for 0 on Newegg with rebate. Should I upgrade to RX 470 or get RX 480? What is the performance difference? I've seen it be anywhere from 3-5 fps but do you guys have any experience because 0 vs 0 is a huge difference for me if it's just going to be 5-10%.

Found an RX 480 4gb for 0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131706&cm_re=rx_480-_-14-131-706-_-Product
the rx 470 is a MSI Gaming 4X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814137024
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pedometeraustin 7 months ago
The RX 480 4GB for 0 is a better bang for your buck and a more significant upgrade from your 960. The RX 470s are too close in price to the RX 480 4GB and 1060 3GB for me to recommend them to people.
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