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GeForce GTX 460 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 675 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7770, which has a clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1125 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7770 80 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 150 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (88%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 460, in theory, should be a bit faster than the Radeon HD 7770 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 86400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
Difference: 14400 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 is a little bit (about 6%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 460. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 37800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2200 (6%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 is a little bit (about 1%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon HD 7770, and able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 16200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 200 (1%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 460

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7770

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 460 Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2010 February 2012
Code Name GF104 Cape Verde XT
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 768 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed 1350 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 4500 MHz
Unified Shaders 336 640
Texture Mapping Units 56 40
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 80 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 86400 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37800 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16200 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce GTX 460 vs Radeon HD 7770”
gtx 650 to dominate hd7770 , HD 6850 and gtx460 - Page 2 says:

[...] Without a doubt. hd7770 and gtx460 hmmm........7770 new tech but it does give more fps in bf3 GeForce GTX 460 vs Radeon HD 7770 – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare though hwcompare is a bit inaccurate since it doesnot mention how DX9 TO 11 can change performance [...]

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