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GeForce GTX 980M vs Radeon RX 460


Intro

The GeForce GTX 980M makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1038 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 96 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 460, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1090 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular card. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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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 a small 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 should be quite a bit (about 63%) more effective 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

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980M is a better choice, by far. (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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock 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 processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. 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 many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability 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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