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GeForce GTX 980M vs Radeon RX 460


Intro

The GeForce GTX 980M features a clock frequency of 1038 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 96 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 460, which comes with core clock 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 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 980M 9476 points
Radeon RX 460 5600 points
Difference: 3876 (69%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 460 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 980M 100 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (33%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 980M should in theory perform a little bit faster than the Radeon RX 460 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 128000 MB/sec
Radeon RX 460 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (14%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M is much (more or less 63%) better at AF than the Radeon RX 460. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 99648 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 460 61040 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 38608 (63%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M will be much (about 281%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 460, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 66432 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 460 17440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 48992 (281%)

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 980M

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 980M Radeon RX 460
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 7 2014 August 2016
Code Name GM204 Polaris 11
Memory 4096 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1038 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 100 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 99648 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 66432 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 896
Texture Mapping Units 96 56
Render Output Units 64 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of 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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GeForce GTX 980M

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.

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