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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 460 Asus DirectCU II 1GB Edition Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 253% 265%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 223% 233%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 213% 223%
Grand Theft Auto VI 397% 413%
FIFA 21 78% 84%
Genshin Impact 253% 265%
Far Cry 6 411% 427%
Hitman 3 359% 374%
Watch Dogs Legion 241% 252%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 406% 423%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 Asus DirectCU II 1GB Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition.

The HD 6850 has a 100 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 460, but the GTX 460 has 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6850. As a result, the GTX 460 exhibits a 0.59999999999999 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 6850. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 6850 has a 100 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 460 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 6850 providing 3.2 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 HD 6850 was released less than a year after the GTX 460, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GeForce GTX 460 Asus DirectCU II 1GB Edition and the Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 6850 has 12.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 460, which means that the memory performance of the HD 6850 is slightly better than the GTX 460.

The GeForce GTX 460 Asus DirectCU II 1GB Edition has 336 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition has 960. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 460 is 454 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6850 is 372. The GTX 460 having 82 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 6850 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GTX 460 Asus DirectCU II 1GB Edition requires 160 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 460 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6850. The HD 6850 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the GTX 460. The difference is significant enough that the HD 6850 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 Speed675 MHzvs775 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF104-300-KB-A1Terascale 2 Barts Pro
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Jul 2010vs01 Oct 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
9.3
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1600x900
7.2
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7
1920x1080
5.6
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5.5
2560x1440
3.6
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth115.2GB/secvs128GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick 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 Units336vs960
Actual Shader Performance22%vs18%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs48
Texture Rate37.8 GTexel/svs37.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate21.6 GPixel/svs24.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power160 Watts-
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 26 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1680x1050

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 460 Asus DirectCU 1GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 460, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
None.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
DirectCU Thermal Solution: Three 8mm flattened copper heat-pipes contact GPU directly and reach up to 20% COOLER than generic GeForce GTX460.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate no Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 460.
Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition is a special edition of the Radeon HD 6850. See the page of the standard edition for more information about it.
There are no new features that affect Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition's gaming performance directly and so its performance is exactly like the one the standard Radeon HD 6850 delivers.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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