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GeForce GTX 460 1GB vs Radeon HD 6850

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 675 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this card. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6850, which has a core clock speed of 775 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 960 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation 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

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6850 should in theory be just a bit superior to 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 should be a little bit (more or less 2%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 6850. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6850 should be a little bit (about 15%) better at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 460 1GB, and able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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

Radeon HD 6850

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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

GeForce GTX 460 1GB

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Comments

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