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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs Radeon RX 460 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 has a GPU clock speed of 576 MHz, and the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also is made up of 216 Stream Processors, 72 TAUs, and 28 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 460 2GB, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1090 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular card. 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

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 127 Watts (169%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 460 2GB should theoretically be a little bit superior to the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 112000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 112 (0%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 2GB should be much (approximately 47%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 61040 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19568 (47%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 2GB is a bit (more or less 8%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 17440 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1312 (8%)

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 260 Core 216

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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 260 Core 216 Radeon RX 460 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 16, 2008 August 2016
Code Name G200 Polaris 11
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 896
Texture Mapping Units 72 56
Render Output Units 28 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 14 nm
Transistors 1400 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result 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 AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core 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 fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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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