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GeForce GTX 460 1GB vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB comes with core clock speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 260X, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1100 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1625 MHz on this card. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs 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 1GB 160 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (39%)

Memory Bandwidth

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

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X is quite a bit (more or less 63%) faster with regards to texture 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

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB should be much (more or less 23%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R7 260X, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few 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 1GB

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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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