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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 460 SLI Radeon HD 3850 X2
Cyberpunk 2077 113% 731%
Hitman 3 177% 981%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 95% 660%
The Medium 166% 937%
Resident Evil 8 113% 731%
FIFA 21 8% 319%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 89% 635%
Grand Theft Auto VI 200% 1069%
Genshin Impact 113% 731%
Far Cry 6 208% 1102%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 SLI are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 3850 X2.

The GTX 460 has a 6 MHz higher core clock speed and 80 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 3850. This results in the GTX 460 providing 54.2 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 GTX 460 has a 6 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the HD 3850. This results in the GTX 460 providing 21.8 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 GTX 460 was released over a year more recently than the HD 3850, and so the GTX 460 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 3850.

The GTX 460 has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 3850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 460 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 460 has 124.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 3850, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 460 is massively better than the HD 3850.

The GeForce GTX 460 SLI has 672 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 3850 X2 has 640. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 460 is 907 and the actual shader performance of the HD 3850 is 428. The GTX 460 having 479 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 460 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 3850.

The GTX 460 transistor size technology is 15 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 3850. This means that the GTX 460 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 3850.

The GeForce GTX 460 SLI requires 380 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 3850 X2 requires 140 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 460 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the HD 3850. The GTX 460 requires 240 Watts more than the HD 3850 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 HD 3850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed675 MHzvs669 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF104-300-KB-A1 (x2)RV670 PRO
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Jul 2010vs04 Apr 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
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1920x1080
7.3
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2560x1440
4.3
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs828 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth230.4GB/secvs106GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units672vs640
Actual Shader Performance44%vs21%
Technology40nmvs55nm
Texture Mapping Units112vs32
Texture Rate75.6 GTexel/svs21.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate43.2 GPixel/svs21.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections4vs2
HDMI Connections2vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power380 Wattsvs140 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 26 Ampsvs450 Watts & 28 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs10.1
Shader Model5.0vs4.1
Open GL4.5vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

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 3850 X2 (not Crossfire) is a dual-graphics solution of two Radeon HD 3850.
This combination is expected to offer almost the same performance as Radeon HD 3850 Crossfired while consuming slightly less power. However, and just like Crossfire, its performance also relies a lot on proper driver support.
Today's modern demanding games will have to be played using the medium preset but with fluent frame rates. However, DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
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