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GeForce GTX 460 2GB vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 2GB makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 675 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R7 260X, which has GPU core speed of 1100 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1625 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 896 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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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

The GeForce GTX 460 2GB should theoretically be a small bit faster than the Radeon R7 260X in general. (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 quite a bit (approximately 63%) better 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

The GeForce GTX 460 2GB should be a lot (about 23%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon R7 260X, and capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (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 max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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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.

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