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Radeon R9 M380 vs Radeon RX 460

Intro

The Radeon R9 M380 uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1500 MHz on this model. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 460, which has core speeds of 1090 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 896 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 460 should theoretically be a little bit superior to the Radeon R9 M380 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 112000 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M380 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (17%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 will be much (approximately 53%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 M380. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 61040 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M380 40000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 21040 (53%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 460 is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 17440 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M380 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1440 (9%)

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 M380

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 M380 Radeon RX 460
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year 2015 August 2016
Code Name Cape Verde Polaris 11
Memory 4096 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1000 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 40000 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16000 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640 896
Texture Mapping Units 40 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 max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at 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 could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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