ATI Radeon HD 5970 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460

Price now 69$
Games supported 66%
ATI Radeon HD 5970
ATI Radeon HD 5970
  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 725 MHz
  • Max video memory 1024 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 4000 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 675 MHz
  • Max video memory 768 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 3600 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 50$
Games supported 67%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating476468
Value for money0.822.91
ArchitectureTeraScale 2 (2009−2015)Fermi (2010−2014)
GPU code nameHemlockGF104
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date18 November 2009 (12 years ago)12 July 2010 (12 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$699 $199
Current price$69 (0.1x MSRP)$50 (0.3x MSRP)
Value for money

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores1600336
Core clock speed725 MHz675 MHz
Number of transistors2,154 million1,950 million
Manufacturing process technology40 nm40 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)294 Watt160 Watt
Texture fill rate58.0037.80
Floating-point performance2x 2,320.0 gflops907.2 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on 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).

Bus supportno data16x PCI-E 2.0
InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16PCIe 2.0 x16
Length305 mm8.25"(210 mm) (21 cm)
Heightno data4.376"(111 mm) (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin6-pin & 6-pin
SLI optionsno data+


Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount1 GB768 MB
Memory bus width256 Bit192 Bit
Memory clock speed4000 MHz3600 MHz
Memory bandwidth128.0 GB/s86.4 GB/s

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors2x DVI, 1x mini-DisplayPortTwo Dual Link DVI, Mini HDMI
Multi monitor supportno data+
HDMIno data+
HDCPno data+
Maximum VGA resolutionno data2048x1536
Audio input for HDMIno dataInternal

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX11.2 (11_0)12 (11_0)
Shader Model5.05.1
CUDAno data+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

ATI HD 5970 7.57
GTX 460 7.73
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

ATI HD 5970 2243
GTX 460 2290

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

ATI HD 5970 3690
GTX 460 2570

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 5970 and GeForce GTX 460. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) no data 66 Mh/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS

Popular games

Advantages and disadvantages

Performance rating 7.57 7.73
Novelty 18 November 2009 12 July 2010
Cost $699 $199
Memory bus width 256 192
Pipelines / CUDA cores 1600 336
Memory bandwidth 128 86.4
Thermal design power (TDP) 294 Watt 160 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

ATI Radeon HD 5970
ATI Radeon HD 5970


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460

The differences in performance seem too small.

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Competitors of Radeon HD 5970 by NVIDIA

The nearest Radeon HD 5970's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 460, which is faster by 2% and higher by 8 positions in our rating.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 GeForce GTX 460

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Competitors of GeForce GTX 460 by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 460 from AMD is Radeon R7 250X, which is slower by 1% and lower by 5 positions in our rating.

AMD Radeon R7 250X Radeon R7 250X

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