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GeForce GTX 470 vs Radeon RX 460 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 607 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 837 MHz on this specific model. It features 448 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 40 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 460 2GB, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1090 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1750 MHz on this particular card. It features 896 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
Difference: 140 Watts (187%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 470 will be 20% faster than the Radeon RX 460 2GB in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
Radeon RX 460 2GB 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 21920 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 2GB should be a lot (more or less 80%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 61040 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 27048 (80%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 470 should be a lot (about 39%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon RX 460 2GB, and also able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 460 2GB 17440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6840 (39%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 470 Radeon RX 460 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2010 August 2016
Code Name GF100 Polaris 11
Memory 1280 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 3348 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 448 896
Texture Mapping Units 56 56
Render Output Units 40 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 14 nm
Transistors 3000 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number 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 processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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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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