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GeForce GTX 460 1GB vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB has a GPU core clock speed of 675 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 336 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 260X, which comes with a clock frequency of 1100 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1625 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 896 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 260X 115 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 1GB 160 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (39%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 460 1GB should perform a bit faster than the Radeon R7 260X overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 1GB 115200 MB/sec
Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
Difference: 11200 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X should be quite a bit (more or less 63%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 460 1GB. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 1GB 37800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 23800 (63%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 1GB is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 1GB 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 1GB

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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 1GB Radeon R7 260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2010 October 2013
Code Name GF104 Bonaire XTX
Memory 1024 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 data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one 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 better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

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

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GeForce GTX 460 1GB

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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