Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB VS. MSI GeForce GTX 970
MSI GeForce GTX 970

Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB vs. MSI GeForce GTX 970

September 6, 2019
                         
Bottom line: Which one is better?

In this review, Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 is better when we compare GTX 970 vs RX 580 as it has the following superior features; 207MHz faster GPU clock speed, 3.01 TFLOPS higher floating-point performance, 247MHz faster memory clock speed, 94GTexels/s, higher texture rate, 31.6GB/s more memory bandwidth, 988MHz higher effective memory clock, 4GB more RAM memory and 640 more shading units.

GENEAL INFO

In terms of general info of 580 vs 970, we have the following comparisons;

Thermal Design Power (TDP); MSI GeForce GTX 970 has 148W whereas Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB has 185W.

Number of transistors; MSI GeForce GTX 970 has 5200 million whereas Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB has 5700million.

Semiconductor size; MSI GeForce GTX 970 has 28nm while Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB has 4nm.

PCI express (PCIE) version; the two devices have 3.

Width; MSI GeForce GTX 970 is 269mm whereas Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB is 260mm.

Height; MSI GeForce GTX 970 is 111mm while Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB is 135mm.

Bottom line; Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB is better in terms of general performance.

PERFORMANCE

The performance features of RX 580 vs GTX 970 include the following;

Pixel rate; MSI GeForce GTX 970 has 58.8 GPixel/s whereas Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB has 45.15GPixel/s.

Texture rate; MSI GeForce GTX 970 has 109.2 GTexels/s while Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB has 203.2 GTexels/s.

GPU clock speed; MSI GeForce GTX 970 has 1050MHz whereas Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB has 1257MHz.

Floating-point performance; MSI GeForce GTX 970 has 3.49 TFLOPS while Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB has 6.5 TFLOPS.

Texture mapping units (TMUS); MSI GeForce GTX 970 has 104 whereas Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB has 144.

Bottom line: Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB is better in terms of performance.

MEMORY

The memory features of RX 580 vs 970 include the following;

Maximum memory bandwidth; MSI GeForce GTX 970 has 224.4GB/s whereas Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB has 256GB/s.

Memory bus width; the two devices have 256bit.

Effective memory speed; MSI GeForce GTX 970 has 7012MHz while Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB has 8000MHz.

RAM; MSI GeForce GTX 970 has 4GB while Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB has 8GB.

Version of GDDR memory; each device has 5.

Bottom line: Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB is better as it has better memory features.

PORTS

In terms of ports, when we compare 970 vs 580 we have the following features;

HDMI output; the two devices have HDMI outputs.

Displayport outputs; MSI GeForce GTX 970 has 3 whereas Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB has 2.

DVI outputs; the two devices have 1.

Bottom line: MSI GeForce GTX 970 is better in terms of ports as it has 1 more display port.

KEY FEATURES

OpenGL version; the two devices have 4.5.

DirectX version; the two devices have 12.

OpenCL version; MSI GeForce GTX 970 has 1.2 whereas Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB has 2.

Supports 4K resolution; the two devices can support 4K resolutions.

Supports multi-display technology; the two devices can support multi-display technology.

Supports 3D; the two devices can support 3D.

Bottom line: Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB is a better device because it has a newer OpenCL version.

Conclusion

Based on the quality features, Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GB has the lead in this comparison of 970 vs RX 580.

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