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GeForce GTX 460 1GB vs Radeon HD 6850

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB has a clock speed of 675 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 336 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6850, which comes with clock speeds of 775 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 960 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6850 127 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 1GB 160 Watts
Difference: 33 Watts (26%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6850 should perform a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 460 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 128000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 460 1GB 115200 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB will be a small bit (approximately 2%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6850. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 1GB 37800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6850 37200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 600 (2%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6850 is a better choice, but not by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 24800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 1GB 21600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3200 (15%)

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 1GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6850

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

Model GeForce GTX 460 1GB Radeon HD 6850
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2010 October 2010
Code Name GF104 Barts Pro
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 775 MHz
Shader Speed 1350 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (3600 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 336 960
Texture Mapping Units 56 48
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 160 watts 127 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37800 Mtexels/sec 37200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 24800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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