NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 vs AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT

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

GPU Comparison

Quickly search and compare graphics cards

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

General gaming and workstation score

37 %
91 %
145% significantly better overall score

Flux Core frame rate

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

41 FPS
109 FPS
68 FPS significantly higher Flux Core frame rate

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

33 FPS
82 FPS
48 FPS significantly higher Electron frame rate

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

29 FPS
95 FPS
65 FPS significantly higher City frame rate

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

27 FPS
46 FPS
19 FPS significantly higher Clouds frame rate

Free GPU Benchmark

Want to compare your graphics card against the GeForce GTX 970 and the Radeon RX 6600 XT? Download our free and quick PC Performance Test.

Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (Metal) score

Metal compute benchmark

13,595
83,409
513% significantly higher Geekbench (Metal) score

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

29,153
82,559
183% significantly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

34,107
64,460
88% significantly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

3,647
9,727
166% significantly higher 3DMark Graphics score

Specifications

Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1,050 MHz
1,968 MHz
87% significantly higher core clock speed

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1,178 MHz
2,589 MHz
119% 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 GB/s
256 GB/s
14% slightly higher memory bandwidth

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

145 W
10% slightly lower TDP
160 W

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

66 Gigapixels/s
166 Gigapixels/s
151% significantly higher pixel rate

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

123 Gigatexels/s
331 Gigatexels/s
170% significantly higher texture rate

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

4 TFLOPS
11 TFLOPS
170% significantly better floating point performance

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

1,664
2,048
23% slightly more shading units

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

104
128
23% 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

99th of 526
31st of 526

Family

The product line

-
Radeon RX 6000 Series

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

-
November 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 XT comparison

In our benchmarks, the Radeon RX 6600 XT beats the GeForce GTX 970 in gaming performance.

In our comparison, the Radeon RX 6600 XT has a significantly higher core clock speed. The core clock speed (or base speed) is the frequency at which the GPU core runs. This metric makes sense when comparing GPUs of a similar architecture or generation. In addition, the Radeon RX 6600 XT 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.

Furthermore, the spec sheet for both these GPUs show that the Radeon RX 6600 XT 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 GeForce GTX 970 has a slightly lower TDP at 145 W when compared to the Radeon RX 6600 XT at 160 W. Heat output doesn't match power consumption directly but, it's a good estimate.

In terms of raw gaming performance in our GPU benchmark, the Radeon RX 6600 XT is better than the GeForce GTX 970.

Comments

No comments yet! Be the first to leave a comment using the form below.

Keep comments on topic and be polite. Comments are subject to moderation before they are published.

Popular GPU Comparisons