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 $ 152.0 $ 445.0 293 (193%)
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 75.5 FPS 66.0 FPS 9.5 (13%)
Average 1440p Performance 53.6 FPS 46.8 FPS 6.8 (13%)
Average 4K Performance 30.8 FPS 29.4 FPS 1.4 (5%)
Memory 8 GB 4 GB 4 (50%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 3.0 $ 5.0 2 (67%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 4.3 $ 7.0 2.7 (63%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 7.4 $ 11.2 3.8 (51%)
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 .

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AMD Radeon RX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
63.0
63.0
2019 Anthem
40.6
40.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
59.5
59.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
80.5
72.1
2019 Metro Exodus
35.9
32.1
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
101.2
52.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
39.3
27.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
61.6
57.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
64.9
44.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
68.2
64.0
2018 Fallout 76
91.3
61.5
2018 Hitman 2
71.5
48.0
2018 Just Cause 4
51.8
46.4
2018 Monster Hunter: World
55.8
50.0
2018 Battlefield V
93.5
61.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
57.2
41.0
2017 Destiny 2
99.0
91.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
50.6
48.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
68.5
64.4
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
71.7
64.3
2017 For Honor
95.6
85.7
2017 Project CARS 2
67.7
60.7
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
82.1
73.5
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
64.7
39.5
2016 Hitman
94.8
59.8
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
92.6
70.5
2016 The Division
72.9
52.3
2016 Overwatch
106.3
100.1
2016 Dishonored 2
49.4
44.3
2015 DiRT Rally
109.8
94.5
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
60.0
56.8
2015 The Witcher 3
79.5
52.2
2015 Rocket League
279.0
249.9
2015 Need For Speed
77.3
69.3
2015 Project CARS
74.1
66.4
2013 Crysis 3
90.2
62.1
2013 Battlefield 4
81.1
80.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
191.3
171.4
2009 League of Legends
358.6
321.3

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AMD Radeon RX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
46.9
46.9
2019 Anthem
32.2
32.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
46.2
46.2
2019 Resident Evil 2
54.2
48.6
2019 Metro Exodus
27.9
25.0
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
63.8
29.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
33.0
26.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
44.0
40.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
41.8
29.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
57.2
54.0
2018 Fallout 76
63.8
40.0
2018 Hitman 2
46.2
31.0
2018 Just Cause 4
38.3
34.3
2018 Monster Hunter: World
39.1
35.0
2018 Battlefield V
70.4
48.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
40.7
27.0
2017 Destiny 2
84.7
78.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
38.5
37.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
44.7
42.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
51.8
46.4
2017 For Honor
55.8
50.0
2017 Project CARS 2
47.8
42.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
74.1
66.4
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
49.5
34.4
2016 Hitman
67.5
43.2
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
56.1
48.4
2016 The Division
50.2
38.2
2016 Overwatch
73.2
68.6
2016 Dishonored 2
42.2
37.8
2015 DiRT Rally
76.6
63.9
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
41.8
38.2
2015 The Witcher 3
44.8
38.7
2015 Rocket League
119.5
107.1
2015 Need For Speed
59.8
53.5
2015 Project CARS
56.6
50.7
2013 Crysis 3
41.9
38.0
2013 Battlefield 4
52.8
51.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
159.4
142.8
2009 League of Legends
199.3
178.5

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AMD Radeon RX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
28.0
28.0
2019 Anthem
17.5
17.5
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
24.5
24.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
26.7
23.9
2019 Metro Exodus
17.5
15.7
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
31.9
30.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
19.8
18.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
26.4
24.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
23.1
15.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
38.5
36.0
2018 Fallout 76
35.2
22.0
2018 Hitman 2
27.5
18.0
2018 Just Cause 4
19.9
17.8
2018 Monster Hunter: World
18.7
16.8
2018 Battlefield V
37.4
25.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
26.4
15.0
2017 Destiny 2
41.8
39.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
22.0
21.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
23.9
22.4
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
35.9
32.1
2017 For Honor
27.9
25.0
2017 Project CARS 2
39.8
35.7
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
62.2
55.7
2016 Overwatch
37.7
35.7
2016 Dishonored 2
33.5
30.0
2015 Rocket League
55.8
50.0
2015 Need For Speed
39.8
35.7
2015 Project CARS
39.8
35.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
143.5
128.5
2009 League of Legends
79.7
71.4

AMD Radeon RX 580 / Core i7-7700K @ 4.20GHz

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 / Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz

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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hankessay 2 months 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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ejectionspinach 2 months 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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shirleyglazing 2 months 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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irritatedefeat 2 months 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.. Thanks

Under windows device manager, it show 2 graphic intel hd graphic 4600 & GTX970

CPU: intel i5 4460
MB: Gigabyte H97N - wifi
Ram : 16gb ddr3
PSU: gigabyte 650w modular
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aridstreak 2 months 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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