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GeForce GTX 460 vs Radeon HD 5770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 features a GPU core clock speed of 675 MHz, and the 768 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 336 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 5770, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 850 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1200 MHz on this model. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5770 108 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 150 Watts
Difference: 42 Watts (39%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 460, in theory, should be a bit faster than the Radeon HD 5770 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 86400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5770 76800 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 will be a bit (more or less 11%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 5770. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 37800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5770 34000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3800 (11%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 is a little bit (more or less 19%) better at FSAA than the Radeon HD 5770, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 16200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5770 13600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2600 (19%)

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 460

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5770

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 460 Radeon HD 5770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2010 October 13, 2009
Code Name GF104 Juniper XT
Memory 768 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 108 watts
Bandwidth 86400 MB/sec 76800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37800 Mtexels/sec 34000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16200 Mpixels/sec 13600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 336 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 56 40
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1950 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better 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 are processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units 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 also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce GTX 460 vs Radeon HD 5770”
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