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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB
Cyberpunk 2077 178% 867%
Hitman 3 262% 1157%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 154% 784%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 146% 755%
FIFA 21 40% 388%
Grand Theft Auto VI 291% 1260%
Far Cry 6 302% 1299%
Genshin Impact 178% 867%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 298% 1286%
Battlefield 6 262% 1157%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB.

The HD 2900 XT has a 93 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 470, but the GTX 470 has 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 2900 XT. As a result, the GTX 470 exhibits a 24.5 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 2900 XT. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 2900 XT has a 93 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 470, but the GTX 470 has 24 more Render Output Units than the HD 2900 XT. As a result, the GTX 470 exhibits a 14.1 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 2900 XT. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 470 was released over three years more recently than the HD 2900 XT, and so the GTX 470 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 2900 XT when running the latest games.

The GTX 470 has 768 MB more video memory than the HD 2900 XT, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 470 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 470 has 30 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 2900 XT, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 470 is slightly better than the HD 2900 XT.

The GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition has 448 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 470 is 582 and the actual shader performance of the HD 2900 XT is 155. The GTX 470 having 427 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 470 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 2900 XT.

The GTX 470 transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 2900 XT. This means that the GTX 470 is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 2900 XT.

The GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition requires 215 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB requires 215 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 470 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the HD 2900 XT. The two GPUs require the same amount of wattage to run. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed650 MHzvs743 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF100-275-A3R600 XT
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Jun 2010vs14 May 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
8.2
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1920x1080
6.3
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2560x1440
4.6
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GPU Memory

Memory1280 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed850 MHzvs828 MHz
Memory Bus320 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth136GB/secvs106GB/sec
L2 Cache 640 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units448vs320
Actual Shader Performance28%vs7%
Technology40nmvs80nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs16
Texture Rate36.4 GTexel/svs11.9 GTexel/s
Render Output Units40vs16
Pixel Rate26 GPixel/svs11.9 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power215 Wattsvs215 Watts
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 38 Ampsvs550 Watts & 35 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs10
Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.5vs3.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-930 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core 2 Quad Q6400 2.13GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 470.
This edition comes with a dual-fan custom solution and overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 607MHz to 650MHz, while the operating memory clock is now of 850MHz, instead of 837MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 7% performance boost when compared to the reference card.
Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB is a high-end GPU based on the 80nm variant of the second unified shader architecture, R600.
It's based on the R600 XT Core and offers 320 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 16 ROPs on a 512-bit memory interface of standard GDDR3. The central unit runs at 743MHz and the memory clock runs at up to 828MHz.
Its performance is somewhat faster than Radeon HD 2900 Pro due to being higher clocked and the extra memory bandwidth is bottlenecked by the small sized frame buffer and thus most games have to be played using a 1024x768 resolution but should be playable at high settings.
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