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GeForce GTX 460 1GB vs Radeon HD 6850

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB comes with a GPU core speed of 675 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 336 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6850, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 775 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 960 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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 is 11% quicker than the GeForce GTX 460 1GB in general, due to its greater data rate. (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 bit (approximately 2%) faster with regards to 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 a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6850 is the winner, not by a very large margin though. (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

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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

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Model GeForce GTX 460 1GB Radeon HD 6850
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2010 October 2010
Code Name GF104 Barts Pro
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 775 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 160 watts 127 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37800 Mtexels/sec 37200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 24800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 336 960
Texture Mapping Units 56 48
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1950 million 1700 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

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