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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 4870 PowerColor PCS+ 512MB Edition GeForce GTX 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 340% 227%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 302% 199%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 289% 189%
Hitman 3 472% 325%
Grand Theft Auto VI 519% 360%
FIFA 21 122% 65%
Far Cry 6 537% 373%
Genshin Impact 340% 227%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 531% 369%
Watch Dogs Legion 324% 215%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 4870 PowerColor PCS+ 512MB Edition.

The HD 4870 has a 15 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 460, but the GTX 460 has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 4870. As a result, the GTX 460 exhibits a 11.6 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 4870. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 4870 has a 15 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 460, but the GTX 460 has 16 more Render Output Units than the HD 4870. As a result, the GTX 460 exhibits a 12 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 4870. 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 4870, 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 4870.

The GTX 460 has 512 MB more video memory than the HD 4870, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the HD 4870 has superior memory performance.

The HD 4870 has 3.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 460, which means that the memory performance of the HD 4870 is marginally better than the GTX 460.

The Radeon HD 4870 PowerColor PCS+ 512MB Edition has 800 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition has 336. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 4870 is 437 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 460 is 514. The GTX 460 having 77 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 460 delivers a slightly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 4870.

The GTX 460 transistor size technology is 15 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 4870. This means that the GTX 460 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 4870.

The Radeon HD 4870 PowerColor PCS+ 512MB Edition requires 150 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 4870 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 460. The HD 4870 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the GTX 460. The difference is significant enough that the HD 4870 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 460.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed780 MHzvs765 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureR700 RV770 PROFermi GF104-300-KB-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date25 Jun 2008vs01 Aug 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
8.8
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1600x900
6.6
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7.5
1920x1080
5.1
vs green tick
5.8
2560x1440
2.9
vs green tick
3.8
3840x2160
1.9
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GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed950 MHzvs925 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth121.6GB/secvs118.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units800vs336
Actual Shader Performance21%vs25%
Technology55nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs56
Texture Rate31.2 GTexel/svs42.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate12.5 GPixel/svs24.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Watts-
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs450 Watts & 38 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX10.1vs12.0
Shader Model4.1vs5.0
Open GL3.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E8600 3.33GHzvsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM6 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 4870 PowerColor PCS+ 512MB Edition is a special edition of AMD's High-End Radeon HD 4890, created by PowerColor.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 780MHz, instead of 750MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 950MHz, instead of 900MHz.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
PCS+ Cooling Solution.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 7% performance over the reference Radeon HD 4870.
GeForce GTX 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 460.
The biggest features are increases in the core-clock that went from 675MHz to 765MHz and from 900MHz to 925MHz, respectively.
According to most benchmarks, the performance boost is around 8% when compared to the standard GeForce GTX 460.
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