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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 460 SLI Radeon HD 7870 MSI Hawk Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 113% 107%
Hitman 3 177% 169%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 95% 89%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 89% 83%
FIFA 21 8% 4%
Grand Theft Auto VI 200% 191%
Far Cry 6 208% 199%
Genshin Impact 113% 107%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 206% 197%
Battlefield 6 177% 169%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7870 MSI Hawk Edition are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 SLI.

The HD 7870 has a 425 MHz higher core clock speed but 32 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 460. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the HD 7870 manages to provide 12.4 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 7870 has a 425 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 460, but the GTX 460 has 32 more Render Output Units than the HD 7870. As a result, the GTX 460 exhibits a 8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 7870. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 7870 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 460, and so the HD 7870 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 460.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GeForce GTX 460 SLI and the Radeon HD 7870 MSI Hawk Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 460 has 76.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7870, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 460 is much better than the HD 7870.

The GeForce GTX 460 SLI has 672 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7870 MSI Hawk Edition has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 460 is 907 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7870 is 1197. The HD 7870 having 290 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 460 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The HD 7870 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 460. This means that the HD 7870 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 460. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the HD 7870 should consume less power than the GTX 460.

The GeForce GTX 460 SLI requires 380 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 7870 MSI Hawk Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 460.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed675 MHzvs1100 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF104-300-KB-A1 (x2)GCN 1.0 Pitcairn XT
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date01 Jul 2010vs01 Feb 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs1200 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth230.4GB/secvs153.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units672vs1280
Actual Shader Performance44%vs58%
Texture Mapping Units112vs80
Texture Rate75.6 GTexel/svs88 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate43.2 GPixel/svs35.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections4vs1
HDMI Connections2vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power380 Watts-
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 26 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 460 SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 460 put together using NVIDIA'S SLI technology.
SLI relies a lot on proper driver support and may cause micro stuttering in FPS below 30. This means this combination might even perform worse than a single GTX 460.
The optimal performance it delivers is slightly better than a single GeForce GTX 480.
Therefore, this combination is sufficient for gaming at 1080p and most demanding games can be played at the highest settings.
Radeon HD 7870 MSI Hawk Edition is a special edition of the powerful Radeon HD 7870. See the standard version for more information about it.
The differences include an increase in the core-clock that went from 1000MHz to 1100MHz and a new efficient cooling system.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost when compared to the standard Radeon HD 7870.
All games, including demanding ones, will run on the highest settings.
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