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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo 2GB Edition GeForce GTX 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 162% 227%
Hitman 3 241% 325%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 139% 199%
Resident Evil 8 162% 227%
FIFA 21 32% 65%
Grand Theft Auto VI 268% 360%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 132% 189%
Genshin Impact 162% 227%
The Medium 227% 308%
Far Cry 6 279% 373%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo 2GB Edition are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition.

The HD 6950 has a 75 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 460. This results in the HD 6950 providing 31.1 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 6950 has a 75 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 460 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 6950 providing 2.4 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 6950 was released less than a year after the GTX 460, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The HD 6950 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 460, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 6950 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 6950 has 45.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 460, which means that the memory performance of the HD 6950 is noticeably better than the GTX 460.

The Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo 2GB Edition has 1408 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition has 336. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 6950 is 591 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 460 is 514. The HD 6950 having 77 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 6950 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 460.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6950 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 460. The HD 6950 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the GTX 460. The difference is significant enough that the HD 6950 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 460.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed840 MHzvs765 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 3 Cayman ProFermi GF104-300-KB-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Jun 2011vs01 Aug 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1280 MHzvs925 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth163.8GB/secvs118.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1408vs336
Actual Shader Performance28%vs25%
Texture Mapping Units88vs56
Texture Rate73.9 GTexel/svs42.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate26.9 GPixel/svs24.5 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power--
Recommended PSU500 Wattsvs450 Watts & 38 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-930 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo 2GB Edition is a special edition of high-end Radeon HD 6950.
This edition comes with overcloking out of the box in both core and memory clocks that were raised by 40MHz to 840MHz and by 30MHz to 1280MHz, respectively. It also features a custom cooling solution called IceQ X Cooling Technology which features a 9.2cm silent fan and 4 heatpipes making it cooler and quieter than the reference card.
Benchmarks indicate a 4% performance boost when compared to the reference card.
GeForce GTX 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 460.
The biggest features are increases in the core-clock that went from 675MHz to 765MHz and from 900MHz to 925MHz, respectively.
According to most benchmarks, the performance boost is around 8% when compared to the standard GeForce GTX 460.
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