ATI Radeon HD 5970 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460

ATI Radeon HD 5970
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460

General info

Comparison of Radeon HD 5970 and GeForce GTX 460 architecture, market type and release date.
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Value for money (0-100)
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Code name
Release date
18 November 2009
12 July 2010
Launch price (MSRP)
Price now
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Technical specs

Radeon HD 5970 and GeForce GTX 460's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 5970 and GeForce GTX 460's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Core clock speed
725 MHz
675 MHz
Transistor count
2,154 million
1,950 million
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
40 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
294 Watt
160 Watt
Texture fill rate
Floating-point performance
2x 2,320.0 gflops
907.2 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 5970 and GeForce GTX 460 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
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16x PCI-E 2.0
PCIe 2.0 x16
PCIe 2.0 x16
305 mm
8.25"(210 mm) (21 cm)
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4.376"(111 mm) (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
6-pin & 6-pin
SLI options


Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 5970 and GeForce GTX 460: 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
Maximum RAM amount
1 GB
768 MB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
192 Bit
Memory clock speed
4000 MHz
3600 MHz
Memory bandwidth
128.0 GB/s
86.4 GB/s

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 5970 and GeForce GTX 460.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x mini-DisplayPort
2x DVI, 1x mini-HDMI
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Two Dual Link DVI, Mini HDMI
Multi monitor support
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Maximum VGA resolution
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Audio input for HDMI
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Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon HD 5970 and GeForce GTX 460. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
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API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 5970 and GeForce GTX 460, sometimes including their particular versions.
11.2 (11_0)
12 (11_0)

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 5970 and GeForce GTX 460. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

ATI HD 5970 5.77 +7.2%
GTX 460 5.38

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

ATI HD 5970 3690 +43.6%
GTX 460 2570


ATI HD 5970 2394 +7.3%
GTX 460 2231

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 5970 and GeForce GTX 460. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
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66 Mh/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon HD 5970 and GeForce GTX 460 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of ATI Radeon HD 5970

7.2% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (256 vs 192 bit)
More pipelines (1600 vs 336)
Higher memory bandwidth (128 vs 86.4 GB/s)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460

Somewhat newer (12 July 2010 vs 18 November 2009)
Cheaper ($199 vs $699)
Less power hungry (160 vs 294 watts)
3D Vision
3D Vision Surround
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)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)

So, HD 5970 or GTX 460?

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