NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 vs AMD Radeon RX 6600

Compare NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4 GB vs AMD Radeon RX 6600 8 GB, specs and GPU benchmark score. Which is the better graphics card for the money?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

General gaming and workstation score

23 %
43 %
86% significantly better overall score

Flux Core frame rate

Volumetric ray casting test, a computationally expensive method of rendering high-quality scenes

45 FPS
85 FPS
41 FPS significantly higher Flux Core frame rate

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

34 FPS
64 FPS
30 FPS significantly higher Electron frame rate

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

31 FPS
77 FPS
46 FPS significantly higher City frame rate

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

28 FPS
36 FPS
8 FPS slightly higher Clouds frame rate

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (Metal) score

Geekbench (Metal) score

Metal compute benchmark

13595
75685
456% significantly higher Geekbench (Metal) score
Geekbench (OpenCL) score

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

29153
76157
161% significantly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score
Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

34107
61842
81% significantly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score
3DMark Graphics score

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

3642
8150
123% significantly higher 3DMark Graphics score

Specifications

Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1050 MHz
1626 MHz
54% significantly higher core clock speed

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1178 MHz
2491 MHz
111% significantly higher boost clock speed

Memory

Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

4 GiB
8 GiB
100% significantly more memory

Memory Bus Width

Number of parallel lines to the memory chips

256 Bit
100% significantly larger memory bus width
128 Bit

Memory Bandwidth

Data transfer speed between GPU core and memory

224.4 GB/s
0.18% slightly higher memory bandwidth
224 GB/s

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

145 W
132 W
9% slightly lower TDP

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

65.97 Gigapixels/s
159.4 Gigapixels/s
141% significantly higher pixel rate

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

122.5 Gigatexels/s
279 Gigatexels/s
127% significantly higher texture rate

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

3.92 TFLOPS
8.93 TFLOPS
127% significantly better floating point performance

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

1664
1792
7% slightly more shading units

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

104
112
7% slightly more texture mapping units

Render Output Processors

Number of processors dedicated to final pixel rendering

56
64
14% slightly more render output processors

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

102nd of 531
54th of 531

Family

The product line

-
Radeon RX 6000 Series

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

September 2014
October 2021

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

GDDR5
GDDR6

DirectX Support

Maximum version of DirectX supported

12.0
12.0

OpenGL Support

Maximum version of OpenGL supported

4.5
4.6

GeForce GTX 970 vs Radeon RX 6600 specs and performance

For gaming, the Radeon RX 6600 graphics card is better than the GeForce GTX 970 in our tests.

Our database shows that the Radeon RX 6600 has a significantly higher core clock speed. This is the frequency at which the graphics core is running at. While not necessarily an indicator of overall performance, this metric can be useful when comparing two GPUs based on the same architecture. In addition, the Radeon RX 6600 also has a significantly higher boost clock speed. This is a frequency that can be reached if the GPU is cooled sufficiently and has enough power.

As stated by the manufacturer, the Radeon RX 6600 has significantly more memory with 8 GiB of memory compared to 4 GiB. Memory size doesn't directly affect performance, but too little memory will certainly degrade gaming performance.

In addition, the Radeon RX 6600 has a slightly lower TDP at 132 W when compared to the GeForce GTX 970 at 145 W. This is not a measure of performance, but rather the amount of heat generated by the chip when running at its highest speed.

According to the results of the hardwareDB benchmark utility, the Radeon RX 6600 is faster than the GeForce GTX 970.

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