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GeForce GTX 460 2GB vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 2GB has core speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 260X, which has core speeds of 1100 MHz on the GPU, and 1625 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 260X 115 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 2GB 160 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (39%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 460 2GB should perform just a bit faster than the Radeon R7 260X overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 2GB 115200 MB/sec
Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
Difference: 11200 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X will be a lot (about 63%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 460 2GB. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 2GB 37800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 23800 (63%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 2GB is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 2GB 21600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 260X 17600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4000 (23%)

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 2GB

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Radeon R7 260X

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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 2GB Radeon R7 260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2010 October 2013
Code Name GF104 Bonaire XTX
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 160 watts 115 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37800 Mtexels/sec 61600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 336 896
Texture Mapping Units 56 56
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1950 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3

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

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 460 2GB

Amazon.com

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Radeon R7 260X

Amazon.com

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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.

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