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GeForce GTX 460 2GB vs Radeon HD 4790

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 2GB has a core clock frequency of 675 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 336 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 4790, which makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 600 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 800 MHz on this particular model. It features 640(128x5) SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 460 2GB is 13% quicker than the Radeon HD 4790 in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 2GB 115200 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4790 102400 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 2GB is a lot (more or less 97%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4790. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 2GB 37800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4790 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18600 (97%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 2GB is superior to the Radeon HD 4790, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 2GB 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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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 4790
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2010 2009
Code Name GF104 RV790
Memory 2048 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video 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 most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 460 2GB

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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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