NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M vs AMD Radeon RX 460 Mobile

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
AMD Radeon RX 460 Mobile

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 970M and Radeon RX 460 Mobile architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
3.63
 
19.13
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
GCN 4.0
Code name
GM204
 
Baffin
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
7 October 2014
 
8 August 2016
Launch price (MSRP)
$2,560.89
 
$86
Price now
$1,899
 
$360.10

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 970M and Radeon RX 460 Mobile's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 970M and Radeon RX 460 Mobile's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1280
 
896
CUDA cores
1280
 
n/d
Core clock speed
924 MHz
 
1000 MHz
Boost Clock
1038 MHz
 
1180 MHz
Transistor count
5,200 million
 
3,000 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
14 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
81 Watt
 
55 Watt
Texture fill rate
83.04 GTexel / s
 
66.08 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
2,657 gflops
 
2,115 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 970M and Radeon RX 460 Mobile compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.
Laptop size
large
 
large
Bus support
PCI Express 3.0
 
n/d
Interface
MXM-B (3.0)
 
MXM-B (3.0)
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
n/d
SLI options
+
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 970M and Radeon RX 460 Mobile: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
6 GB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
192 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
2500 MHz
 
5000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
120 GB / s
 
80 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 970M and Radeon RX 460 Mobile.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
No outputs
VGA аnalog display support
+
 
n/d
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
+
 
n/d
HDMI
+
 
-
G-SYNC support
+
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 970M and Radeon RX 460 Mobile. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
FreeSync
-
 
+
GameStream
+
 
-
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
-
GPU Boost
+
 
n/d
GameWorks
+
 
-
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
+
 
-
Optimus
+
 
-
BatteryBoost
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
n/d
GeForce Experience
+
 
n/d
DisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready
n/d
 
+
Ansel
+
 
n/d
DSR
+
 
n/d
HDMI 2.0
n/d
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 970M and Radeon RX 460 Mobile, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12.0 (12_1)
 
12.0 (12_0)
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.6
OpenCL
1.1
 
n/d

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 970M and Radeon RX 460 Mobile. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 970M 21.58
RX 460 Mobile 21.58

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 970M 274626 +184.9%
RX 460 Mobile 96383

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 970M 51247 +63.8%
RX 460 Mobile 31294

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 970M 6565 +60.6%
RX 460 Mobile 4089

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 970M 7463 +46.1%
RX 460 Mobile 5108

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 970M 9878 +26.8%
RX 460 Mobile 7793

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 970M and Radeon RX 460 Mobile. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
314 Mh/s
 
n/d

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 970M and Radeon RX 460 Mobile are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M

Wider memory bus (192 vs 128 bit)
More pipelines (1280 vs 896)
Higher memory bandwidth (120 vs 80 GB/s)
Battery Boost (saves energy while gaming by lowering FPS to a still acceptable level. Can make a laptop working on battery twice as long, depending on the particular game)
GameStream (streams data between the PC and NVIDIA SHIELD device attached to a TV. Basically allows using the PC as a gaming console)
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
DSR
Ansel
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
SLI options
HDMI
G-SYNC support
GeForce ShadowPlay
GameWorks
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
BatteryBoost

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 460 Mobile

Much newer (8 August 2016 vs 7 October 2014)
Cheaper ($86 vs $2560.89)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (55 vs 81 watts)
DisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready
HDMI 2.0
AMD FreeSync
FreeSync

So, GTX 970M or RX 460 Mobile?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M and AMD Radeon RX 460 Mobile. The differences in performance seem too small.
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