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Radeon R9 M385X vs Radeon RX 460

Intro

The Radeon R9 M385X uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1100 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this particular card. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 460, which features GPU core speed of 1090 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run 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

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon RX 460 should perform just a bit faster than the Radeon R9 M385X in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 112000 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M385X 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (17%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M385X should be a bit (about 1%) better at AF than the Radeon RX 460. (explain)

Radeon R9 M385X 61600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 460 61040 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 560 (1%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M385X is the winner, though not by far. (explain)

Radeon R9 M385X 17600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 460 17440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 160 (1%)

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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Radeon R9 M385X

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 460

Amazon.com

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 Radeon R9 M385X Radeon RX 460
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year 2015 August 2016
Code Name Bonaire Polaris 11
Memory 4096 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1100 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 96000 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 61600 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 17600 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 896 896
Texture Mapping Units 56 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 3000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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