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GeForce GTX 460 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 comes with a GPU core clock speed of 675 MHz, and the 768 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 900 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 336 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7770, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1000 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 640 Stream Processors, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 460 should be 20% quicker than the Radeon HD 7770 in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 should be a bit (more or less 6%) better at anisotropic filtering 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 bit (more or less 1%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7770, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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
Memory 768 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 86400 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37800 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16200 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 336 640
Texture Mapping Units 56 40
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1950 million 1500 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum 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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