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GeForce GTX 870M vs Radeon RX 460

Intro

The GeForce GTX 870M has a GPU core 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 Stream Processors, 112 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 460, which has a clock speed of 1090 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It is comprised of 896 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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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 should be a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 870M overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 870M is a lot (more or less 73%) better at AF than the Radeon RX 460. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 870M is the winner, and very much so. (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

GeForce GTX 870M

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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 data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better 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 processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card 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 card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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