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GeForce GTX 460 2GB vs GeForce GTX 960

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 2GB comes with a GPU clock speed of 675 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 336 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 960, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1127 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this specific model. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 960 120 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 2GB 160 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (33%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 460 2GB will be 3% faster than the GeForce GTX 960 overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 2GB 115200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 960 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (3%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 is a lot (more or less 91%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 460 2GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 2GB 37800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 34328 (91%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 will be much (approximately 67%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce GTX 460 2GB, and also able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 2GB 21600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14464 (67%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 460 2GB GeForce GTX 960
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2010 January 2015
Code Name GF104 GM206
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 1127 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 160 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37800 Mtexels/sec 72128 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 36064 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 336 1024
Texture Mapping Units 56 64
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1950 million 2940 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 460 2GB

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GeForce GTX 960

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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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