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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 460 SLI FirePro W9000
Cyberpunk 2077 113% 106%
Hitman 3 177% 168%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 95% 89%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 89% 83%
FIFA 21 8% 4%
Grand Theft Auto VI 200% 190%
Far Cry 6 208% 199%
Genshin Impact 113% 106%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 206% 196%
Battlefield 6 177% 168%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD FirePro W9000 are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 SLI.

The FirePro W9000 has a 300 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 460. This results in the FirePro W9000 providing 49.2 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 FirePro W9000 has a 300 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 460, but the GTX 460 has 32 more Render Output Units than the FirePro W9000. As a result, the GTX 460 exhibits a 12 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the FirePro W9000. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The FirePro W9000 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 460, and so the FirePro W9000 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 FirePro W9000 has 4096 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 FirePro W9000 also has superior memory performance overall.

The FirePro W9000 has 33.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 460, which means that the memory performance of the FirePro W9000 is noticeably better than the GTX 460.

The GeForce GTX 460 SLI has 672 Shader Processing Units and the FirePro W9000 has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 460 is 907 and the actual shader performance of the FirePro W9000 is 1298. The FirePro W9000 having 391 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the FirePro W9000 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 460.

The FirePro W9000 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 460. This means that the FirePro W9000 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 460. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the FirePro W9000 should consume less power than the GTX 460.

The GeForce GTX 460 SLI requires 380 Watts to run and the FirePro W9000 requires 274 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 460 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the FirePro W9000. The GTX 460 requires 106 Watts more than the FirePro W9000 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 460 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the FirePro W9000.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed675 MHzvs975 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF104-300-KB-A1 (x2)Tahiti XT
OC Potential None vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Jul 2010vs01 Aug 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs1375 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth230.4GB/secvs264GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units672vs2048
Actual Shader Performance44%vs62%
Texture Mapping Units112vs128
Texture Rate75.6 GTexel/svs124.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate43.2 GPixel/svs31.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections4vs0
HDMI Connections2vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power380 Wattsvs274 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 26 Ampsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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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.
FirePro W9000 is a server GPU based on the 28nm GCN architecture.
It's based on the Tahiti XT Core (same used on 7970) and therefore offers 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs on a 384-bit interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit is clocked 975MHz while the memory clock operates at 1375MHZ.
Compared to Radeon HD 7970, its central unit is slightly higher clocked but overall its gaming performance is lower than Radeon HD 7970 because Radeon HD 7970 benefits from certified gaming drivers which unlock the GCN's architecture potential while FirePro W9000 is made for professional applications. Therefore, expect its performance to be between 1% and 3% worse than Radeon HD 7970.
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