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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 460 2GB GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 73% 2%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 73% 2%
Halo: Reach 45% 68%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 137% 40%
Cyberpunk 2077 137% 40%
Borderlands 3 82% 8%
FIFA 20 8% 46%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 99% 17%
eFootball PES 2020 18% 30%
Detroit: Become Human 161% 54%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon RX 460 2GB.

The GTX 970 has a 12 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the RX 460. This results in the GTX 970 providing 53.6 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 970 has a 12 MHz higher core clock speed and 40 more Render Output Units than the RX 460. This results in the GTX 970 providing 44.3 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 RX 460 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 970, and so the RX 460 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 970.

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 970 has 2048 MB more video memory than the RX 460, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 970 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 970 has 224.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 460, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 970 is massively better than the RX 460.

The Radeon RX 460 2GB has 896 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition has 1664. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 460 is 1075 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2788. The GTX 970 having 1713 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 970 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the RX 460.

The RX 460 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 970. This means that the RX 460 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 970.

The Radeon RX 460 2GB requires 75 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition requires 148 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the RX 460 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970. The GTX 970 requires 73 Watts more than the RX 460 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 970 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the RX 460.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1090 MHzvs1102 MHz
Boost Clock1200 MHzvs1241 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Baffin PROMaxwell GM204-200-A1
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date08 Aug 2016vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
7.9
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2560x1440
5.7
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7.5
3840x2160
3.7
vs green tick
5.7

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs4096 MB
Memory Speed1750 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus-vs256 Bit
Memory Type-vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth-vs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB vs green tick 1792 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units896vs1664
Actual Shader Performance52%vs100%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs104
Texture Rate61 GTexel/svs114.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs56
Pixel Rate17.4 GPixel/svs61.7 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Wattsvs148 Watts
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 23 Ampsvs500 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.1
Shader Model-vs5.0
Open GL-vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatednovsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6500 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon RX 460 2GB is a middle-class graphics card based on the third revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture. Note that there is a 4GB version of the RX 460, which should be considered for future proofing.

Architecture
It equips a GPU codenamed Polaris 10 which is a 1st gen Polaris GPU, offering 896 Shader Processing Units, 48 TMUs and 16 ROPs.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock operates at 1750MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 75W, it requires at least a 350W PSU and relies entirely on the PCI slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

Performance
This graphics card was designed and marketed towards the competitive MOBO gamers. A light weight, small form factor GPU solution that offers mobility, so that gamers travelling to events can bring a smaller cheaper gaming rig. The Radeon RX 460 2GB can play most modern games at medium graphics selection on a 1600p screen res and expect around 45+FPS

System Suggestions
Radeon RX 460 2GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1600x900. We recommend a mid range CPU and 8GB of system memory for optimal performance.
Overview
GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 970 4GB created by MSI. It features a new Cooling Solution and overclocking out of the box. Read below to know more.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1102MHz, instead of 1051MHz. The Boost Clock is now of 1241MHz, instead of 1178MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock still runs at 1753MHz and the Frame Buffer is still 4GB. This is adequate for the GPU.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by MSI's Armor 2X Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 970 4GB.
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