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GeForce GTX 870M vs Radeon RX 460

Intro

The GeForce GTX 870M features a GPU clock speed of 941 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 1344 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

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 memory. It features 896 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 460 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 870M 110 Watts
Difference: 35 Watts (47%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 460 will be 17% faster than the GeForce GTX 870M overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 112000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 870M 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (17%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 870M is much (approximately 73%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon RX 460. (explain)

GeForce GTX 870M 105392 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 460 61040 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 44352 (73%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 870M will be much (more or less 29%) better at FSAA than the Radeon RX 460, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 870M 22584 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 460 17440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5144 (29%)

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 870M

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 GeForce GTX 870M Radeon RX 460
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 12 2014 August 2016
Code Name GK104 Polaris 11
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 941 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 96000 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 105392 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 22584 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1344 896
Texture Mapping Units 112 56
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-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 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number 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 handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably 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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