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GeForce GTX 460 2GB vs Radeon HD 4890 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 2GB uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 675 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this card. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4890 2GB, which comes with a core clock speed of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 975 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It features 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 460 2GB 160 Watts
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 190 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (19%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 4890 2GB should theoretically be a small bit better than the GeForce GTX 460 2GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 4890 2GB 124800 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 460 2GB 115200 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (8%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4890 2GB will be just a bit (about 6%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 460 2GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 4890 2GB 40000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 2GB 37800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2200 (6%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 2GB is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 2GB 21600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5600 (35%)

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 2GB

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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 2GB Radeon HD 4890 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2010 Apr 2, 2009
Code Name GF104 RV790 XT
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 3900 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 160 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 124800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37800 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 336 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 56 40
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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, 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 record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 460 2GB

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Radeon HD 4890 2GB

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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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