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GeForce GTX 260 vs Radeon RX 460

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 comes with a core clock frequency of 576 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 999 MHz. It also makes use of a 448-bit bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It features 192 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 28 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 460, which comes with a clock speed of 1090 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It is made up of 896 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 460 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 182 Watts
Difference: 107 Watts (143%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 460 should be 0% faster than the GeForce GTX 260 overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 is a lot (about 66%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 260. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 61040 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24176 (66%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 460 is superior to the GeForce GTX 260, though not by far. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 17440 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 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.

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GeForce GTX 260

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 Radeon RX 460
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 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) 182 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36864 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 896
Texture Mapping Units 64 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 (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video 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 most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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