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GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) vs GeForce GTX 970M

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) features a core clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 850 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 336 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 970M, which features core speeds of 924 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1280 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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% quicker than the GeForce GTX 970M overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970M is quite a bit (more or less 103%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering 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 will be much (approximately 113%) better at AA than the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM), and should be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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 largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max 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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