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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 285 SLI GeForce GTX 460 SLI
Hitman 3 167% 177%
Cyberpunk 2077 105% 113%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 88% 95%
Resident Evil 8 105% 113%
FIFA 21 4% 8%
Grand Theft Auto VI 189% 200%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 82% 89%
Genshin Impact 105% 113%
Far Cry 6 197% 208%
The Medium 156% 166%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 SLI are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 SLI.

The GTX 460 has a 27 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 285, but the GTX 285 has 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 460. As a result, the GTX 285 exhibits a 28.1 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 460. 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 27 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 285 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 460 providing 1.7 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 GTX 285, 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 GTX 285.

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 285 SLI and the GeForce GTX 460 SLI have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 285 has 87.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 460, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 285 is much better than the GTX 460.

The GeForce GTX 285 SLI has 480 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 460 SLI has 672. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 285 is 311 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 460 is 907. The GTX 460 having 596 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 285 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GTX 460 transistor size technology is 15 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 285. This means that the GTX 460 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 285.

The GeForce GTX 285 SLI requires 408 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 460 SLI requires 380 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 285 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 460. The GTX 285 requires 28 Watts more than the GTX 460 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 285 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 460.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed648 MHzvs675 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla GT200 B3 (x2)Fermi GF104-300-KB-A1 (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs None
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date01 Dec 2008vs01 Jul 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
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1600x900
9.3
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9.1
1920x1080
7.4
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7.3
2560x1440
5.3
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4.3
3840x2160
3.9
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1242 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus1024 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth318GB/secvs230.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units480vs672
Actual Shader Performance15%vs44%
Technology55nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units160vs112
Texture Rate103.7 GTexel/svs75.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate41.5 GPixel/svs43.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections4vs4
HDMI Connections0vs2
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power408 Wattsvs380 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 55 Ampsvs600 Watts & 26 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX10vs12.0
Shader Model4.0vs5.0
Open GL2.1vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz-
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 285 SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 285 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 285.
The optimal performance it delivers is largely better than a single GeForce GTX 295.
Therefore, this combination is sufficient for gaming at 1080p and most demanding games can be played at the highest settings.
GeForce 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.
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