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GeForce GTX 460 vs Radeon HD 5770


The GeForce GTX 460 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 675 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular model. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5770, which comes with a core clock speed of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1200 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 800(160x5) SPUs, 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 should theoretically be a little bit faster than the Radeon HD 5770 in general. (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 small bit (more or less 11%) better at AF 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 small bit (more or less 19%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 5770, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (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.

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GeForce GTX 460

Radeon HD 5770

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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 maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 chip can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.


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