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GeForce GTX 460 vs Radeon HD 5770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 has a core clock frequency of 675 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 336 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5770, which comes with GPU core speed of 850 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1200 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 460 will be 13% faster than the Radeon HD 5770 in general, because of its higher data rate. (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%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5770. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 is the winner, but not by far. (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

GeForce GTX 460

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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 largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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Comments

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