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GeForce GTX 470 vs Radeon RX 460 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 comes with a clock speed of 607 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 837 MHz. It also makes use of a 320-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 448 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 40 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 460 2GB, which features GPU clock speed of 1090 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 896 Stream Processors, 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 will be 20% faster than the Radeon RX 460 2GB overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (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 (approximately 80%) faster with regards to 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

The GeForce GTX 470 is much (more or less 39%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon RX 460 2GB, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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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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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units 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 fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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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.

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