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GeForce GTX 460 1GB vs Radeon HD 4790

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB comes with core speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4790, which has core speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 640(128x5) SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 460 1GB is 13% faster than the Radeon HD 4790 in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 1GB 115200 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4790 102400 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB is a lot (more or less 97%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 4790. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 1GB 37800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4790 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18600 (97%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB is a lot (approximately 125%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4790, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 1GB 21600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4790 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12000 (125%)

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

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Radeon HD 4790

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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 4790
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2010 2009
Code Name GF104 RV790
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 600 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 3200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 160 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 102400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37800 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 9600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 336 640(128x5)
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Transistors 1950 million 959 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 460 1GB

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Radeon HD 4790

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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.

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