AMD Radeon HD 6850 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SE
Comparison of Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 SE architecture, market type and release date.
Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 SE'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 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 SE'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)
Maximum GPU temperature
Texture fill rate
37.2 GTexel / s
31.2 billion / sec
Compatibility, dimensions and requirements
Information on Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 SE 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
6-pin & 6-pin
Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 SE: 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
128.0 GB / s
108.8 GB / s
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 SE.
Number of display connectors
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
2x DVI, 1x mini-HDMI
2 x Dual-Link DVI-I1 x Mini HDMI
Multi monitor support
Maximum VGA resolution
Audio input for HDMI
Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 SE. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
APIs supported by Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 SE, sometimes including their particular versions.
Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 SE. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
HD 6850 7.77
GTX 460 SE 7.77
HD 6850 2290 +1.5%
GTX 460 SE 2257
Rendering quality tests
GFXBench render quality
GFXBench high precision render quality
Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 SE. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
139 Mh/s +189.6%
48 Mh/s −189.6%
Let's see how good Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 SE are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.
Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 6850
More pipelines (960 vs 288)
Higher memory bandwidth (128 vs 108.8 GB/s)
Less power hungry (127 vs 150 watts)
Eyefinity (allows using several displays with an AMD GPU)
Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SE
Cheaper ($160 vs $179)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
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)
So, HD 6850 or GTX 460 SE?
Technical City couldn't decide between AMD Radeon HD 6850 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SE. The differences in performance seem too small.
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