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GeForce GTX 460 SE vs GeForce GTX 980M

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 SE uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 850 MHz on this particular model. It features 288 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 980M, which features core clock speeds of 1038 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 980M 100 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 SE 150 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 980M should in theory be a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 460 SE in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 128000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 460 SE 108800 MB/sec
Difference: 19200 (18%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M should be a lot (approximately 219%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 460 SE. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 99648 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 SE 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 68448 (219%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M will be much (more or less 219%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GTX 460 SE, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 66432 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 SE 20800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 45632 (219%)

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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GeForce GTX 980M

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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 SE GeForce GTX 980M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year November 2010 October 7 2014
Code Name GF104 GM204
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 1038 MHz
Memory Speed 3400 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 108800 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 31200 Mtexels/sec 99648 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20800 Mpixels/sec 66432 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 288 1536
Texture Mapping Units 48 96
Render Output Units 32 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1950 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core 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 rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 460 SE

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GeForce GTX 980M

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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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