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GeForce GTX 960 vs Radeon RX 460

Intro

The GeForce GTX 960 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1127 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this specific card. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 460, which comes with GPU core speed of 1090 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 896 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation 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 960 7851 points
Radeon RX 460 5600 points
Difference: 2251 (40%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 460 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 960 120 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (60%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same bandwidth, so theoretically they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 should be a small bit (more or less 18%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 460. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 460 61040 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11088 (18%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 460 17440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 18624 (107%)

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 960

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 960 Radeon RX 460
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2015 August 2016
Code Name GM206 Polaris 11
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1127 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 112000 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 72128 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 36064 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1024 896
Texture Mapping Units 64 56
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 2940 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. 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 memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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