AMD Radeon RX 580
vs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

RX 580 GTX 970 Difference
AMD Radeon RX 580 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Price $ 179 $ 420 241 (80%)
Year 2017 2014 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 75C 64C 11 (16%)
Max Fan Noise 46dB 48dB 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 FPS +0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0% 0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 81 FPS 69 FPS 11.8 (16%)
Average 1440p Performance 56 FPS 48 FPS 8.3 (16%)
Average 4K Performance 31 FPS 30 FPS 0.4 (1%)
Memory 8 GB 4 GB 4 (67%)
Overall Combination Score 83/100 66/100 17 (23%)

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 .

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AMD Radeon RX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
39
27
2018 Battlefield V
94
61
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
101
52
2018 Fallout 76
91
62
2018 Final Fantasy XV
62
57
2018 Forza Horizon 4
68
64
2018 Hitman 2
72
48
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
65
44
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
57
41
2017 Destiny 2
99
91
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
69
64
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
51
48
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
65
40
2016 Hitman
95
60
2016 Overwatch
106
100
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
93
71
2016 The Division
73
52
2015 DiRT Rally
110
95
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
60
57
2015 The Witcher 3
80
52
2013 Battlefield 4
81
81
2013 Crysis 3
90
62

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AMD Radeon RX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
33
26
2018 Battlefield V
70
48
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
64
29
2018 Fallout 76
64
40
2018 Final Fantasy XV
44
40
2018 Forza Horizon 4
57
54
2018 Hitman 2
46
31
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
42
29
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
41
27
2017 Destiny 2
85
78
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
45
42
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
39
37
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
50
34
2016 Hitman
68
43
2016 Overwatch
73
69
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
56
48
2016 The Division
50
38
2015 DiRT Rally
77
64
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
42
38
2015 The Witcher 3
45
39
2013 Battlefield 4
53
52
2013 Crysis 3
42
38

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AMD Radeon RX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
20
18
2018 Battlefield V
37
25
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
32
30
2018 Fallout 76
35
22
2018 Final Fantasy XV
26
24
2018 Forza Horizon 4
39
36
2018 Hitman 2
28
18
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
23
15
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
26
15
2017 Destiny 2
42
39
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
24
22
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
22
21
2016 Overwatch
38
36

AMD Radeon RX 580 / Core 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. View Current Price List

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / Core 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. View Current Price List

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