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GeForce GTX 460 SE vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 SE makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 850 MHz on this model. It features 288 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R7 260X, which comes with 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 features 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 SE 150 Watts
Difference: 35 Watts (30%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 460 SE should theoretically be a small bit superior to the Radeon R7 260X overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 SE 108800 MB/sec
Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
Difference: 4800 (5%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X is a lot (approximately 97%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 460 SE. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 SE 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 30400 (97%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 SE is superior to the Radeon R7 260X, though not by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 SE 20800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 260X 17600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3200 (18%)

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 SE

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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 SE Radeon R7 260X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2010 October 2013
Code Name GF104 Bonaire XTX
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 3400 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 115 watts
Bandwidth 108800 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 61600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20800 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 288 896
Texture Mapping Units 48 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 maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must 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 AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 460 SE

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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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