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GeForce GTX 980M vs Radeon RX 460

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980M has a GPU clock speed of 1038 MHz, and the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1536 Stream Processors, 96 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 460, which comes with core speeds of 1090 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs 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, in theory, should perform just a bit faster than the Radeon RX 460 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M will be quite a bit (more or less 63%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon RX 460. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980M is superior to the Radeon RX 460, and very much so. (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.

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GeForce GTX 980M

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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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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