Radeon HD 4890 vs GeForce GTX 970

Radeon HD 4890
Memory: 1024Mb GDDR5DESKTOP
Release date: 2 Apr 2009
Radeon HD 4890
GeForce GTX 970
Memory: 4096Mb GDDR5DESKTOP
Release date: 19 Sep 2014
GeForce GTX 970


Reasons to consider Radeon HD 4890

Based on an outdated architecture (ATI TeraScale), there are no performance optimizations for current games and applications.

Reasons to consider GeForce GTX 970

42 watts lower power draw. This might be a strong point if your current power supply is not enough to handle the Radeon HD 4890 .
This is a much newer product, it might have better long term support.
Higher theoretical gaming performance, based on specifications.
Supports PhysX.
Supports G-Sync.
Supports ShadowPlay (allows game streaming/recording with minimum performance penalty).

GeForce GTX 970

HWBench recommends GeForce GTX 970

Based on theoretical specifications.


Core Configuration

Radeon HD 4890GeForce GTX 970
GPU NameRV790 (RV790 XT)vsGM204 (GM204-200-A1)
Fab Process55 nmvs28 nm
Die Size282 mm²vs398 mm²
Transistors959 millionvs5,200 million
Compute Units10vs13
Core clock850 MHzvs1050 MHz

Memory Configuration

Radeon HD 4890GeForce GTX 970
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Bus Width256 bitvs256 bit
Memory Speed975 MHz
3900 MHz effective
vs1753 MHz
7012 MHz effective
Memory Size1024 Mbvs4096 Mb

Additional details

Radeon HD 4890GeForce GTX 970
TDP190 wattsvs148 watts
Release Date2 Apr 2009vs19 Sep 2014

Raw Performance comparison

Pixel Rate

  • Radeon HD 4890
    13.60 GP/s
  • GeForce GTX 970
    58.80 GP/s

GigaPixels - higher is better

Texel Rate

  • Radeon HD 4890
    34.00 GT/s
  • GeForce GTX 970
    109.20 GT/s

GigaTexels - higher is better

Memory bandwidth

  • Radeon HD 4890
    125.00 GB/s
  • GeForce GTX 970
    224.40 GB/s

GB/s - higher is better

Single precision performance

  • Radeon HD 4890
    1360.00 GFLOPs
  • GeForce GTX 970
    3494.00 GFLOPs

GFLOPs - higher is better