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GeForce GTX 460 2GB vs Radeon HD 4890 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 2GB comes with core speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 4890 2GB, which has GPU clock speed of 1000 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 975 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 800(160x5) Stream Processors, 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

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 4890 2GB should be a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 460 2GB in general. (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 should be just a bit (approximately 6%) better at anisotropic 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

The GeForce GTX 460 2GB is much (more or less 35%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 4890 2GB, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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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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.

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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

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

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GeForce GTX 460 2GB

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 4890 2GB

Amazon.com

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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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