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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs Radeon RX 460


Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 has core speeds of 576 MHz on the GPU, and 999 MHz on the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 216 SPUs along with 72 Texture Address Units and 28 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 460, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1090 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1750 MHz on this model. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 460 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 127 Watts (169%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 460 is 0% quicker than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 in general, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 112000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 112 (0%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 should be a lot (more or less 47%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 61040 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19568 (47%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon RX 460 is the winner, but only just. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 17440 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1312 (8%)

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 260 Core 216

Radeon RX 460

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Radeon RX 460
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 16, 2008 August 2016
Code Name G200 Polaris 11
Memory 896 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 896
Texture Mapping Units 72 56
Render Output Units 28 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 14 nm
Transistors 1400 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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