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GeForce GTX 470 vs Radeon RX 460 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 comes with clock speeds of 607 MHz on the GPU, and 837 MHz on the 1280 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 448 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 40 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 460 2GB, which features clock speeds of 1090 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
Difference: 140 Watts (187%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 470 should perform a small bit faster than the Radeon RX 460 2GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
Radeon RX 460 2GB 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 21920 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 2GB is much (more or less 80%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 61040 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 27048 (80%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 470 is superior to the Radeon RX 460 2GB, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 460 2GB 17440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6840 (39%)

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 470

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Radeon RX 460 2GB

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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 470 Radeon RX 460 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2010 August 2016
Code Name GF100 Polaris 11
Memory 1280 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 3348 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 448 896
Texture Mapping Units 56 56
Render Output Units 40 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 14 nm
Transistors 3000 million 3000 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units 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 in one second.

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

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GeForce GTX 470

Amazon.com

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Radeon RX 460 2GB

Amazon.com

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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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