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GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) vs GeForce GTX 970M

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 850 MHz on this particular model. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 970M, which has a GPU core clock speed of 924 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 970M 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 150 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (100%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) should be 13% faster than the GeForce GTX 970M overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 108800 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 970M 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970M will be quite a bit (about 103%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM). (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 73920 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 36400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 37520 (103%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970M should be a lot (about 113%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM), and also able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 44352 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 20800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 23552 (113%)

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 (OEM)

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GeForce GTX 970M

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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 (OEM) GeForce GTX 970M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2010 October 7 2014
Code Name GF104 GM204
Memory 1024 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 924 MHz
Memory Speed 3400 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 108800 MB/sec 96000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36400 Mtexels/sec 73920 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20800 Mpixels/sec 44352 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 336 1280
Texture Mapping Units 56 80
Render Output Units 32 48
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1950 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once 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 higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 460 (OEM)

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GeForce GTX 970M

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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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