AMD Radeon HD 6850 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SE

AMD Radeon HD 6850
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SE

General info

Comparison of Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 SE architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
36.60
 
22.88
Architecture
TeraScale 2
 
Fermi
Code name
Barts
 
GF104
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
reference
 
n/d
Release date
21 October 2010
 
15 November 2010
Launch price (MSRP)
$179
 
$160
Price now
$99.99
 
$159.99

Technical specs

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.
Pipelines
960
 
288
CUDA cores
n/d
 
288
Core clock speed
n/d
 
1300 MHz
Transistor count
1,700 million
 
1,950 million
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
40 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
127 Watt
 
150 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
n/d
 
104 °C
Texture fill rate
37.2 GTexel / s
 
31.2 billion / sec
Floating-point performance
1,488.0 gflops
 
748.8 gflops

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).
Bus support
AGP
 
16x PCI-E 2.0
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
PCIe 2.0 x16
Length
198 mm
 
8.25" (210 mm) (21 cm)
Height
n/d
 
4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
 
6-pin & 6-pin
SLI options
-
 
2-way

Memory

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.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
1 GB
 
1 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
n/d
 
1700 MHz
Memory bandwidth
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
n/d
 
2
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
 
2x DVI, 1x mini-HDMI
Display Connectors
n/d
 
2 x Dual-Link DVI-I1 x Mini HDMI
Multi monitor support
n/d
 
+
Eyefinity
+
 
-
HDMI
-
 
+
Maximum VGA resolution
n/d
 
2048x1536
Audio input for HDMI
n/d
 
Internal

Technologies

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.
CrossFire
+
 
-
3D Vision
-
 
+
CUDA
-
 
+
SLI
n/d
 
+
Surround
n/d
 
+
DSR
n/d
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 SE, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX® 11
 
12.0 (11_0)
OpenGL
4.4
 
4.1

Benchmark performance

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 11.52
GTX 460 SE 11.52

Passmark

HD 6850 2289 +1.4%
GTX 460 SE 2257

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4546 +0.1%
 
4541 −0.1%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4546 +0.1%
 
4541 −0.1%

Mining hashrates

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%

Gaming performance

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)
CrossFire

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)
3D Vision
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
Surround
DSR
DirectX 12
HDMI

So, HD 6850 or GTX 460 SE?

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