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GeForce GTX 460 SE vs GeForce GTX 470

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 SE features a GPU clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 850 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 288 Stream Processors, 48 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 470, which features core speeds of 607 MHz on the GPU, and 837 MHz on the 1280 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 448 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 40 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 460 SE 150 Watts
GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
Difference: 65 Watts (43%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 470 is 23% quicker than the GeForce GTX 460 SE in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 460 SE 108800 MB/sec
Difference: 25120 (23%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 470 will be a little bit (more or less 9%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 460 SE. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 SE 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2792 (9%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 470 is the winner, though only just barely. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 SE 20800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3480 (17%)

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 SE

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 460 SE GeForce GTX 470
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year November 2010 March 2010
Code Name GF104 GF100
Memory 1024 MB 1280 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 607 MHz
Memory Speed 3400 MHz 3348 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 215 watts
Bandwidth 108800 MB/sec 133920 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 33992 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20800 Mpixels/sec 24280 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 288 448
Texture Mapping Units 48 56
Render Output Units 32 40
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 320-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1950 million 3000 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 (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core 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 fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 460 SE

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GeForce GTX 470

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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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