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GeForce GTX 460 vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 comes with a GPU core speed of 675 MHz, and the 768 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 336 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

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

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon R7 260X 4381 points
GeForce GTX 460 2557 points
Difference: 1824 (71%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 260X 115 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 150 Watts
Difference: 35 Watts (30%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R7 260X should in theory be a little bit better than the GeForce GTX 460 overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 460 86400 MB/sec
Difference: 17600 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X will be much (about 63%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 460. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X will be a little bit (more or less 9%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 460, and also capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 17600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 16200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1400 (9%)

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

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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 Radeon R7 260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2010 October 2013
Code Name GF104 Bonaire XTX
Memory 768 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 115 watts
Bandwidth 86400 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37800 Mtexels/sec 61600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16200 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 336 896
Texture Mapping Units 56 56
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-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 maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called 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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GeForce GTX 460

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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