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GeForce GTX 460 SE vs Radeon R9 M385X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 SE features a core clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 850 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 288 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 M385X, which comes with core speeds of 1100 MHz on the GPU, and 1500 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 460 SE should theoretically be a little bit superior to the Radeon R9 M385X overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 SE 108800 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M385X 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (13%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M385X is a lot (approximately 97%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 460 SE. (explain)

Radeon R9 M385X 61600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 SE 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 30400 (97%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 SE is a better choice, but not by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 SE 20800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M385X 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 R9 M385X

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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 R9 M385X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2010 2015
Code Name GF104 Bonaire
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 3400 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 108800 MB/sec 96000 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 (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12
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 transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 460 SE

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Radeon R9 M385X

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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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