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GeForce GTX 460 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 has a core clock speed of 675 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also features a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 336 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7770, which features clock speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1125 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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 is 20% quicker than the Radeon HD 7770 overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 should be just a bit (approximately 6%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 460. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 is the winner, not by a very large margin though. (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

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

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 900 MHz (3600 MHz effective) 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective)
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 transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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