AMD Radeon RX 580
vs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

AMD Radeon RX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
RX 580 GTX 970 Difference
AMD Radeon RX 580 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Price $ 151.0 $ 449.0 298 (197%)
Year 2017 2014 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 75C 64C 11 (15%)
Max Fan Noise 45.7dB 47.5dB 1.8 (4%)
Recommended Power Supply 535W 498W 37 (7%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-7700K @ 4.20GHz ($354.99) Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz ($284.99)
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 74.3 FPS 64.3 FPS 10 (13%)
Average 1440p Performance 52.7 FPS 45.6 FPS 7.1 (13%)
(Ultrawide) Average 1440p Performance 44.2 FPS 39.3 FPS 4.9 (11%)
Average 4K Performance 30.0 FPS 27.8 FPS 2.2 (7%)
Memory 8 GB 4 GB 4 (50%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 3.1 $ 5.1 2 (64%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 4.4 $ 7.2 2.8 (64%)
(Ultrawide) 1440p Cost Per Frame $ 5.2 $ 8.4 3.2 (62%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 7.6 $ 11.8 4.2 (55%)
Variant AMD Radeon RX 580 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Overall Combination Score 80/100 66/100 14 (17%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from GTX 970 to RX 580 is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware. The price/performance ratio is much better for RX 580 .

AMD Radeon RX 580

AMD ’s xx80 cards have always been defined by mid-range prices with performance that knocks on the door of high-end graphics cards – especially when overclocked. After taking the time to fully test the GCN 4.0 graphics card inside the RX 580, we can say without a doubt that it continues the trend. The RX 580 is much more cheaper than the RX 480 as it costs $ 229. Compare this to the RX 480, which came originally at a price of $ 400. Meanwhile, the NVIDIA closest equivalent card is the GTX 1060 6GB which costs $ 254.

Unfortunately, gaming performance was not quite as impressive. Even if the RX 580 consistently delivers frame rate increases over the RX 480, the gain is not much to justify an upgrade. For 1080p Full HD, we were able to play Final Fantasy XV, Apex Legends, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, F1 2019, Forza Horizon 4 at 62 fps to 68 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 65 fps.

For 1440p Quad HD, we were able to play Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Fallout 76, World War Z, Battlefield V at 64 fps to 70 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 66 fps.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

The GTX 980 might be the high-end flagship of the latest Maxwell 2.0 set of graphics cards, but their prices keep them out of the reach of most mid-range PC gamers. On the other hand, the GTX 970 is closer to being reasonably affordable at a price tag of $ 329. NVIDIA ’s xx70 cards have always been defined by mid-range prices with performance that knocks on the door of high-end graphics cards – especially when overclocked. After taking the time to fully test the Maxwell 2.0 graphics card inside the GTX 970, we can say without a doubt that it continues the trend.

The GTX 970 is much more cheaper than the GTX 770 as it costs $ 329. Compare this to the GTX 770, which came originally at a price of $ 399. Meanwhile, the AMD closest equivalent card is the R9 290X which costs $ 549. The GTX 970 has 4 GB RAM compared to the GTX 770 's 2 GB video memory.

In our synthetic benchmarks, the GTX 970 blows past the GTX 770 and, amazingly, even the GTX 780 as well. Unfortunately, gaming performance was not quite as impressive. Even if the GTX 970 consistently delivers frame rate increases over the GTX 770, the gain is not much to justify an upgrade.

For 1080p Full HD, we were able to play Battlefield V, Fallout 76, World War Z, Apex Legends, Forza Horizon 4 at 60 fps to 63 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 62 fps.

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AMD Radeon RX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
56
63.0
56
62.4
2019 Anthem
36
40.6
36
40.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
53
59.5
53
58.9
2019 Resident Evil 2
72
80.5
64
71.4
2019 Metro Exodus
32
35.9
28
31.8
2019 World War Z
81
91.0
54
61.0
2019 Gears of War 5
46
52.2
42
46.8
2019 F1 2019
58
65.5
52
58.7
2019 GreedFall
53
59.0
47
52.8
2019 Borderlands 3
37
41.4
33
37.1
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
71
79.7
64
71.4
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
27
30.7
24
27.5
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
43
48.2
38
43.2
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
91
101.2
46
51.5
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
35
39.3
24
26.7
2018 Final Fantasy XV
55
61.6
50
56.4
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
58
64.9
39
43.6
2018 Forza Horizon 4
61
68.2
57
63.4
2018 Fallout 76
82
91.3
54
60.9
2018 Hitman 2
64
71.5
42
47.5
2018 Just Cause 4
46
51.8
41
45.9
2018 Monster Hunter: World
50
55.8
44
49.5
2018 Strange Brigade
75
84.1
67
75.3
2018 Battlefield V
84
93.5
54
60.4
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
51
57.2
36
40.6
2017 Destiny 2
89
99.0
81
90.1
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
45
50.6
42
47.5
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
61
68.5
57
63.8
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
64
71.7
57
63.7
2017 For Honor
86
95.6
76
84.8
2017 Project CARS 2
60
67.7
54
60.1
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
73
82.1
65
72.8
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
58
64.7
35
39.1
2016 Hitman
85
94.8
53
59.2
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
83
92.6
62
69.8
2016 The Division
65
72.9
46
51.8
2016 Overwatch
95
106.3
89
99.1
2016 Dishonored 2
44
49.4
39
43.9
2015 DiRT Rally
98
109.8
84
93.6
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
54
60.0
50
56.2
2015 The Witcher 3
71
79.5
46
51.7
2015 Rocket League
251
279.0
222
247.4
2015 Need For Speed
69
77.3
61
68.6
2015 Project CARS
66
74.1
59
65.7
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
121
135.5
109
121.4
2013 Crysis 3
81
90.2
55
61.5
2013 Battlefield 4
72
81.1
71
79.9
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
172
191.3
152
169.6
2009 League of Legends
322
358.6
286
318.1

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AMD Radeon RX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
37
46.9
37
46.4
2019 Anthem
25
32.2
25
31.9
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
36
46.2
36
45.7
2019 Resident Evil 2
43
54.2
38
48.1
2019 Metro Exodus
22
27.9
19
24.7
2019 World War Z
53
66.4
35
44.5
2019 Gears of War 5
30
37.9
27
33.9
2019 F1 2019
37
46.4
33
41.6
2019 GreedFall
34
42.6
30
38.2
2019 Borderlands 3
23
29.1
20
26.1
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
45
57.4
41
51.4
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
20
25.1
18
22.5
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
30
37.9
27
33.9
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
51
63.8
22
28.7
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
26
33.0
20
25.7
2018 Final Fantasy XV
35
44.0
31
39.6
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
33
41.8
22
28.7
2018 Forza Horizon 4
45
57.2
42
53.5
2018 Fallout 76
51
63.8
31
39.6
2018 Hitman 2
36
46.2
24
30.7
2018 Just Cause 4
30
38.3
27
34.0
2018 Monster Hunter: World
31
39.1
27
34.6
2018 Strange Brigade
46
58.6
42
52.5
2018 Battlefield V
56
70.4
38
47.5
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
32
40.7
21
26.7
2017 Destiny 2
67
84.7
61
77.2
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
30
38.5
29
36.6
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
35
44.7
33
41.6
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
41
51.8
36
45.9
2017 For Honor
44
55.8
39
49.5
2017 Project CARS 2
38
47.8
33
42.4
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
59
74.1
52
65.7
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
39
49.5
27
34.1
2016 Hitman
54
67.5
34
42.8
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
44
56.1
38
47.9
2016 The Division
40
50.2
30
37.8
2016 Overwatch
58
73.2
54
67.9
2016 Dishonored 2
33
42.2
29
37.4
2015 DiRT Rally
61
76.6
50
63.3
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
33
41.8
30
37.8
2015 The Witcher 3
35
44.8
30
38.3
2015 Rocket League
95
119.5
84
106.0
2015 Need For Speed
47
59.8
42
53.0
2015 Project CARS
45
56.6
40
50.2
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
70
87.7
62
78.5
2013 Crysis 3
33
41.9
30
37.6
2013 Battlefield 4
42
52.8
40
51.0
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
127
159.4
113
141.4
2009 League of Legends
159
199.3
141
176.7

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AMD Radeon RX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
30
40.1
30
39.6
2019 Anthem
20
26.6
19
26.3
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
28
37.8
28
37.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
32
43.3
29
38.4
2019 Metro Exodus
18
24.3
16
21.5
2019 World War Z
42
56.0
28
37.5
2019 Gears of War 5
25
33.1
22
29.6
2019 F1 2019
30
40.6
27
36.4
2019 GreedFall
24
32.2
21
28.8
2019 Borderlands 3
17
23.6
16
21.2
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
37
49.1
33
43.9
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
16
21.9
14
19.7
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
25
33.1
22
29.6
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
38
51.2
23
31.2
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
21
28.2
17
23.3
2018 Final Fantasy XV
28
37.7
25
33.9
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
26
34.7
17
23.3
2018 Forza Horizon 4
38
51.2
36
47.7
2018 Fallout 76
40
53.0
24
32.8
2018 Hitman 2
29
39.4
19
25.9
2018 Just Cause 4
23
31.1
20
27.6
2018 Monster Hunter: World
23
30.9
20
27.4
2018 Strange Brigade
36
48.4
32
43.4
2018 Battlefield V
43
57.7
29
38.6
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
27
35.9
16
22.3
2017 Destiny 2
51
67.7
47
62.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
24
32.4
23
30.7
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
27
36.7
25
34.1
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
35
46.9
31
41.6
2017 For Honor
34
44.8
30
39.7
2017 Project CARS 2
35
46.9
31
41.6
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
55
72.9
49
64.6
2016 Overwatch
45
59.3
41
55.2
2016 Dishonored 2
30
40.5
27
35.9
2015 Rocket League
71
93.8
63
83.2
2015 Need For Speed
40
53.3
35
47.2
2015 Project CARS
39
51.6
34
45.7
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
52
68.6
46
61.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
123
162.0
109
143.7
2009 League of Legends
113
149.2
100
132.4

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AMD Radeon RX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
19
28.0
19
27.7
2019 Anthem
12
17.5
12
17.3
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
17
24.5
17
24.3
2019 Resident Evil 2
18
26.7
16
23.7
2019 Metro Exodus
12
17.5
10
15.5
2019 World War Z
26
38.2
17
25.6
2019 Gears of War 5
16
23.9
14
21.4
2019 F1 2019
20
29.5
18
26.4
2019 GreedFall
12
17.5
10
15.7
2019 Borderlands 3
10
15.1
9
13.6
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
24
34.3
21
30.7
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
11
15.9
10
14.3
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
16
23.9
14
21.4
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
22
31.9
20
29.7
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
13
19.8
12
17.8
2018 Final Fantasy XV
18
26.4
16
23.8
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
16
23.1
10
14.9
2018 Forza Horizon 4
26
38.5
24
35.6
2018 Fallout 76
24
35.2
15
21.8
2018 Hitman 2
19
27.5
12
17.8
2018 Just Cause 4
13
19.9
12
17.6
2018 Monster Hunter: World
13
18.7
11
16.6
2018 Strange Brigade
22
31.9
20
28.6
2018 Battlefield V
26
37.4
17
24.7
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
18
26.4
10
14.9
2017 Destiny 2
29
41.8
27
38.6
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
15
22.0
14
20.8
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
16
23.9
15
22.2
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
25
35.9
22
31.8
2017 For Honor
19
27.9
17
24.7
2017 Project CARS 2
27
39.8
24
35.3
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
43
62.2
38
55.1
2016 Overwatch
26
37.7
24
35.3
2016 Dishonored 2
23
33.5
20
29.7
2015 Rocket League
39
55.8
34
49.5
2015 Need For Speed
27
39.8
24
35.3
2015 Project CARS
27
39.8
24
35.3
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
28
40.6
25
36.4
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
100
143.5
89
127.2
2009 League of Legends
55
79.7
49
70.7
RX 580 vs GTX 970 with i7-7700K vs i7-4770K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings

AMD Radeon RX 580 / i7-7700K

At 1440p, RX 580 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the RX 580 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is excellent for RX 580 against the competition in budget mid-range cards. In terms of memory, the RX 580 's 8192 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / i7-4770K

At 1440p, GTX 970 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the GTX 970 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. With regards to max load temperature, the GTX 970 's cooling is excellent at keeping it cool and under control. This combination between GTX 970 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between GTX 970 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 4096 MB RAM, the GTX 970 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

RX 580 vs GTX 970 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 580 GTX 970
Board NumberC940, D009-04PG401
Length9.5 inches 241 mm10.5 inches 267 mm
Outputs1x HDMI3x DisplayPort1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 8-pin2x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP185 W148 W

Clock Speeds

RX 580 GTX 970
Boost Clock1340 MHz1178 MHz
GPU Clock1257 MHz1050 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective1753 MHz 7012 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 580 GTX 970
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationPolaris (RX 500)GeForce 900
Launch Price229 USD329 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateApr 18th, 2017Sep 19th, 2014

Graphics Features

RX 580 GTX 970
DirectX12.0 (12_0)12.0 (12_1)
OpenCL21.2
OpenGL4.54.6
Shader Model66.1
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

RX 580 GTX 970
ArchitectureGCN 4.0Maxwell 2.0
Die Size244 mm²398 mm²
GPU NamePolaris 20GM204
GPU VariantPolaris 20 XTX (215-0910038)GM204-200-A1
Process Size14 nm28 nm
Transistors5,700 million5,200 million

Memory

RX 580 GTX 970
Bandwidth256.0 GB/s224.4 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit256 bit
Memory Size8192 MB4096 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 580 GTX 970
ROPs3256
Shading Units23041664
TMUs144104

Theoretical Performance

RX 580 GTX 970
FP32 (float) performance6,175 GFLOPS3,920 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance385.9 GFLOPS (1:16)122.5 GFLOPS (1:32)
Pixel Rate42.88 GPixel/s65.97 GPixel/s
Texture Rate193.0 GTexel/s122.5 GTexel/s

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zebraaudio 1 year ago
Hello guys, i currently have a GTX 970 which has served me well all these years. Recently i found an RX-580 4GB for 270 euros and i was wondering if i should upgrade. I can sell the gtx 970 for 220 euros here (found an interested buyer), so the upgrade will cost me 50 euros. Also i use a 144hz 1080p freesync monitor. What's your opinion? Should i upgrade or nah?
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sornerflow 1 year ago
Hey, I'm in the market for a new graphics card, and I was deciding between these two. I will only be gaming in 1080p, and I mainly play games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Rust, and Battlefield 1. Which of these cards, or any others, would be the best for me? I currently have an i5 6400, 8gb ddr3 ram, and a GTX 1050ti. My budget is around 0, and I can buy the RX 580 for 0 and the GTX 970 for 0. Also, which of these would last the longest?
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vireodrove 1 year ago
Well I assume the GTX 970 is used, so that's 0 cash as opposed to 0 including tax? The RX 580 will only be ~10-15% faster, but it's also a brand new card with an architecture and drivers better optimized for DX12. If you're in the states, you can do better than 0 on a GTX 970 if you look hard enough, but I wouldn't buy a used card unless you're at least pretty sure the last owner took care of it. You don't want a card that has been watercooled or mined on.
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dimmerhamilton 1 year ago
I need to upgrade my graphic card from gtx 970 to rx580, im using windows 10. However once i unplugged the gtx970 windows wont even start... i have configure to use the motherboard built in graphic.. however windows only boot if i plug in the gtx 970 (even if its just a secondary graphic). Need help here.. ThanksUnder windows device manager, it show 2 graphic intel hd graphic 4600 & GTX970 CPU: intel i5 4460MB: Gigabyte H97N - wifiRam : 16gb ddr3PSU: gigabyte 650w modular
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uncheckedseasoned 1 year ago
Put the 970 back in and run Display Driver Uninstaller.Shut down, switch cards, turn on.Prevent Windows from installing a driver and use the latest driver from AMD.I found when switching from Nvidia to AMD (or vice-versa) the biggest pain is a lot of games will write Nvidia settings, but after you switch to AMD those games wont work anymore. You either have to edit config.INI files or re-install the game so it detects AMD on first run.
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