AMD Radeon HD 6850 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 v2

AMD Radeon HD 6850
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 v2

General info

Comparison of Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 v2 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
7.48
 
11.24
Architecture
TeraScale 2
 
Fermi 2.0
Code name
Barts
 
GF114
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
reference
 
no data
Release date
21 October 2010
 
24 September 2011
Launch price (MSRP)
$179
 
$199
Price now
$165
 
$200

Technical specs

Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 v2'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 v2's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
960
 
336
Core clock speed
no data
 
779 MHz
Transistor count
1,700 million
 
1,950 million
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
40 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
127 Watt
 
160 Watt
Texture fill rate
37.2 GTexel / s
 
43.62 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
1,488.0 gflops
 
1,045.6 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 v2 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
 
no data
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
PCIe 2.0 x16
Length
198 mm
 
210 mm
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
 
2x 6-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 v2: 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
 
192 Bit
Memory clock speed
no data
 
4008 MHz
Memory bandwidth
128.0 GB / s
 
96.19 GB / s

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 v2.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
 
2x DVI, 1x mini-HDMI
Eyefinity
+
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 v2. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
CrossFire
+
 
-

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 v2, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX® 11
 
12.0 (11_0)
OpenGL
4.4
 
4.6

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 v2. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

HD 6850 4.58
GTX 460 v2 8.34 +82.1%

Passmark

HD 6850 2024
GTX 460 v2 2496 +23.3%

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 v2. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
139 Mh/s +85.3%
 
75 Mh/s −85.3%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 v2 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 6850

Cheaper ($179 vs $199)
Wider memory bus (256 vs 192 bit)
More pipelines (960 vs 336)
Higher memory bandwidth (128 vs 96.19 GB/s)
Less power hungry (127 vs 160 watts)
EyefinitySupport
CrossfireX

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 v2

82.1% faster (about 2 times) in synthetic tests
Somewhat newer (24 September 2011 vs 21 October 2010)

So, HD 6850 or GTX 460 v2?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 v2.
Should you still have questions on choice between Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 v2, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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