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Radeon HD 6790 vs Radeon RX 460

Intro

The Radeon HD 6790 has a GPU clock speed of 840 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1050 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 800 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 460, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1090 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1750 MHz on this particular model. It features 896 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 460 75 Watts
Radeon HD 6790 150 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (100%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6790 should theoretically be a bit superior to the Radeon RX 460 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6790 134400 MB/sec
Radeon RX 460 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 22400 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 is quite a bit (approximately 82%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6790. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 61040 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 27440 (82%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 460 is superior to the Radeon HD 6790, by far. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 17440 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 13440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4000 (30%)

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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Radeon HD 6790

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 Radeon HD 6790 Radeon RX 460
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year April 2011 August 2016
Code Name Barts LE Polaris 11
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 840 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 4200 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 134400 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 13440 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800 896
Texture Mapping Units 40 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 14 nm
Transistors 1700 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core 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 applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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