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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI GeForce GTX 460 SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 22% 113%
Hitman 3 58% 177%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 11% 95%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 8% 89%
FIFA 21 39% 8%
Grand Theft Auto VI 71% 200%
Far Cry 6 76% 208%
Genshin Impact 22% 113%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 74% 206%
Battlefield 6 58% 177%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 SLI.

The GTX 480 has a 26 MHz higher core clock speed and 68 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 460. This results in the GTX 480 providing 50.6 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 480 has a 26 MHz higher core clock speed and 80 more Render Output Units than the GTX 460. This results in the GTX 480 providing 57.7 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 less than a year after the GTX 480, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

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 GTX 480 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 GTX 480 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 480 has 124.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 460, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 480 is massively better than the GTX 460.

The GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI has 1440 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 460 SLI has 672. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 480 is 2019 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 460 is 907. The GTX 480 having 1112 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 480 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 460.

The GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI requires 750 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 460 SLI requires 380 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 1000 Watts for the GTX 480 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 460. The GTX 480 requires 370 Watts more than the GTX 460 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 480 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 460.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed701 MHzvs675 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF100-375-A3 (x3)Fermi GF104-300-KB-A1 (x2)
OC Potential Fair vs None
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Mar 2010vs01 Jul 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
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1600x900 - vs green tick
9.1
1920x1080
9.6
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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed924 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus768 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth354.8GB/secvs230.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 2304 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1440vs672
Actual Shader Performance97%vs44%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units180vs112
Texture Rate126.2 GTexel/svs75.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units144vs64
Pixel Rate100.9 GPixel/svs43.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs4
HDMI Connections1vs2
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power750 Wattsvs380 Watts
Recommended PSU1000 Watts & 42 Ampsvs600 Watts & 26 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

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

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI of GeForce GTX 480. Rank based on best case scenario.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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