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Radeon R7 260X vs Radeon RX 460

Intro

The Radeon R7 260X has a clock frequency of 1100 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1625 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 896 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 460, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1090 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1750 MHz on this particular model. It features 896 SPUs along with 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

Radeon RX 460 5600 points
Radeon R7 260X 4380 points
Difference: 1220 (28%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 460 75 Watts
Radeon R7 260X 115 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (53%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 460 will be 8% quicker than the Radeon R7 260X in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 112000 MB/sec
Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
Difference: 8000 (8%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X should be a little bit (more or less 1%) better at AF than the Radeon RX 460. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 460 61040 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 560 (1%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R7 260X is the winner, though only just barely. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 17600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 460 17440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 160 (1%)

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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Radeon R7 260X

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Specifications

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Model Radeon R7 260X Radeon RX 460
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2013 August 2016
Code Name Bonaire XTX Polaris 11
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1100 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 6500 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 115 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 104000 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 61600 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 17600 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 896 896
Texture Mapping Units 56 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 2080 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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