ATI Radeon HD 5970 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
Comparison of Radeon HD 5970 and GeForce GTX 460 architecture, market type and release date.
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
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Texture fill rate
2x 2,320.0 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).
16x PCI-E 2.0
PCIe 2.0 x16
PCIe 2.0 x16
8.25"(210 mm) (21 cm)
4.376"(111 mm) (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
6-pin & 6-pin
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.
Maximum RAM amount
Memory bus width
Memory clock speed
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 5970 and GeForce GTX 460.
2x DVI, 1x mini-DisplayPort
2x DVI, 1x mini-HDMI
Two Dual Link DVI, Mini HDMI
Multi monitor support
Maximum VGA resolution
Audio input for HDMI
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.
APIs supported by Radeon HD 5970 and GeForce GTX 460, sometimes including their particular versions.
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
Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 5970 and GeForce GTX 460. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
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 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?
Technical City couldn't decide between ATI Radeon HD 5970 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460. The differences in performance seem too small.
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