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GeForce GTX 970M vs Radeon RX 460

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970M features a GPU core clock speed of 924 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 48 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 460, which has a GPU core clock speed of 1090 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 896 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 460 should be 17% quicker than the GeForce GTX 970M in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 112000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 970M 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (17%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970M will be much (approximately 21%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon RX 460. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 73920 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 460 61040 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12880 (21%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970M should be much (about 154%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 460, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 44352 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 460 17440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 26912 (154%)

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 970M

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 970M Radeon RX 460
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 7 2014 August 2016
Code Name GM204 Polaris 11
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 924 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 96000 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 73920 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 44352 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 896
Texture Mapping Units 80 56
Render Output Units 48 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 max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high 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 by the core clock 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out 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 filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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