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GeForce GTX 260 vs Radeon RX 460


Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 999 MHz on this particular card. It features 192 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 28 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 460, which features GPU clock speed of 1090 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 896 SPUs, 56 TAUs, 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 just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 260 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 is quite a bit (about 66%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 260. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 is a small bit (about 8%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 260, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 260

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 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed 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 better the texel rate, 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 most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core 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 is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260

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.

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