Radeon RX 6800 XT vs GeForce GTX 970

Radeon RX 6800 XT
Memory: 16384Mb GDDR6DESKTOP
Release date: 28 Oct 2020
Radeon RX 6800 XT
GeForce GTX 970
Memory: 4096Mb GDDR5DESKTOP
Release date: 19 Sep 2014
GeForce GTX 970

Summary

Gaming performance index

  • Radeon RX 6800 XT
    460%
  • GeForce GTX 970
    100%

Relative performance

Reasons to consider Radeon RX 6800 XT

360% higher gaming performance.
This is a much newer product, it might have better long term support.
Supports Direct3D 12 Async Compute
Supports FreeSync
Supports ReLive (allows game streaming/recording with minimum performance penalty)
Infinity Cache allows to deliver up to 3.25x the effective memory bandwidth
Supports DirectX Raytracing (DXR)

Reasons to consider GeForce GTX 970

152 watts lower power draw. This might be a strong point if your current power supply is not enough to handle the Radeon RX 6800 XT .
Supports PhysX
Supports G-Sync
Supports ShadowPlay (allows game streaming/recording with minimum performance penalty)
Based on an outdated architecture (Nvidia Maxwell), there may be no performance optimizations for current games and applications

Radeon RX 6800 XT

HWBench recommends Radeon RX 6800 XT

The Radeon RX 6800 XT is the better performing card based on the game benchmark suite used (11 combinations of games and resolutions).


Specifications

Core Configuration

Radeon RX 6800 XTGeForce GTX 970
GPU NameNavi 21 (Navi 21 XT)vsGM204 (GM204-200-A1)
Fab Process7 nmvs28 nm
Die Size536 mm²vs398 mm²
Transistors26,800 millionvs5,200 million
Shaders4608vs1664
Compute Units72vs13
Core clock1825 MHzvs1050 MHz
ROPs128vs56
TMUs288vs104

Memory Configuration

Radeon RX 6800 XTGeForce GTX 970
Memory TypeGDDR6vsGDDR5
Bus Width256 bitvs256 bit
Memory Speed2000 MHz
16 Gbps effective
vs1753 MHz
7012 MHz effective
Memory Size16384 Mbvs4096 Mb

Additional details

Radeon RX 6800 XTGeForce GTX 970
TDP300 wattsvs148 watts
Release Date28 Oct 2020vs19 Sep 2014

Raw Performance comparison

Pixel Rate

  • Radeon RX 6800 XT
    288.00 GP/s
  • GeForce GTX 970
    58.80 GP/s

GigaPixels - higher is better

Texel Rate

  • Radeon RX 6800 XT
    648.00 GT/s
  • GeForce GTX 970
    109.20 GT/s

GigaTexels - higher is better

Memory bandwidth

  • Radeon RX 6800 XT
    512.00 GB/s
  • GeForce GTX 970
    224.40 GB/s

GB/s - higher is better

Single precision performance

  • Radeon RX 6800 XT
    20740.00 GFLOPs
  • GeForce GTX 970
    3494.00 GFLOPs

GFLOPs - higher is better

Game benchmarks

Death Stranding

Very High Quality TAA, DirectX12, Windows 10 x64

  • Radeon RX 6800 XT
    216
  • GeForce GTX 970
    65

FPS (higher is better)

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Highest Details, Pure hair, HBAO+, DirectX12, Windows 10 x64

  • Radeon RX 6800 XT
    188
  • GeForce GTX 970
    44

FPS (higher is better)

Strange Brigade

Ultra Quality, DirectX12, Async Compute ,Windows 10x64

  • Radeon RX 6800 XT
    306
  • GeForce GTX 970
    66

FPS (higher is better)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

DX11,Max Details, 16:1 HQ-AF, +AA

  • Radeon RX 6800 XT
    205
  • GeForce GTX 970
    53

FPS (higher is better)

Death Stranding

Very High Quality TAA, DirectX12, Windows 10 x64

  • Radeon RX 6800 XT
    178
  • GeForce GTX 970
    45

FPS (higher is better)

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Highest Details, Pure hair, HBAO+, DirectX12, Windows 10 x64

  • Radeon RX 6800 XT
    154
  • GeForce GTX 970
    29

FPS (higher is better)

Strange Brigade

Ultra Quality, DirectX12, Async Compute ,Windows 10x64

  • Radeon RX 6800 XT
    239
  • GeForce GTX 970
    45

FPS (higher is better)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

DX11,Max Details, 16:1 HQ-AF, +AA

  • Radeon RX 6800 XT
    150
  • GeForce GTX 970
    42

FPS (higher is better)

Death Stranding

Very High Quality TAA, DirectX12, Windows 10 x64

  • Radeon RX 6800 XT
    106
  • GeForce GTX 970
    22

FPS (higher is better)

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Highest Details, Pure hair, HBAO+, DirectX12, Windows 10 x64

  • Radeon RX 6800 XT
    82
  • GeForce GTX 970
    14

FPS (higher is better)

Strange Brigade

Ultra Quality, DirectX12, Async Compute ,Windows 10x64

  • Radeon RX 6800 XT
    142
  • GeForce GTX 970
    25

FPS (higher is better)