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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 470 Gigabyte SOC 1.2GB Edition Radeon R7 260
Red Dead Redemption 2 156% 224%
Cyberpunk 2077 252% 345%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 58% 100%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 252% 345%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 156% 224%
Doom Eternal 120% 179%
FIFA 20 36% 73%
Grand Theft Auto VI 291% 395%
Need For Speed Heat 156% 224%
Halo: Reach 19% 3%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 Gigabyte SOC 1.2GB Edition are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon R7 260.

The Radeon R7 260 has a 300 MHz higher core clock speed but 8 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 470. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the Radeon R7 260 manages to provide 8.8 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 Radeon R7 260 has a 300 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 470, but the GTX 470 has 24 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R7 260. As a result, the GTX 470 exhibits a 12 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Radeon R7 260. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon R7 260 was released over three years more recently than the GTX 470, and so the Radeon R7 260 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 470 when running the latest games.

The Radeon R7 260 has 768 MB more video memory than the GTX 470, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GTX 470 has 37.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R7 260, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 470 is noticeably better than the Radeon R7 260.

The GeForce GTX 470 Gigabyte SOC 1.2GB Edition has 448 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 260 has 768. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 470 is 627 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 260 is 653. The Radeon R7 260 having 26 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 470 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon R7 260 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 470. This means that the Radeon R7 260 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 470.

The GeForce GTX 470 Gigabyte SOC 1.2GB Edition requires 215 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 260 requires 95 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 470 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon R7 260. The GTX 470 requires 120 Watts more than the Radeon R7 260 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 470 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon R7 260.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed700 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF100-275-A3GCN 1.1 Bonaire PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Great
Release Date09 Jul 2010vs17 Dec 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1280 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed837 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus320 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth133.9GB/secvs96GB/sec
L2 Cache 640 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units448vs768
Actual Shader Performance30%vs31%
Texture Mapping Units56vs48
Texture Rate39.2 GTexel/svs48 GTexel/s
Render Output Units40vs16
Pixel Rate28 GPixel/svs16 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power215 Wattsvs95 Watts
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 37 Ampsvs450 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-930 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 470 Gigabyte SOC 1.2GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 470, created by Gigabyte.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 700MHz, instead of 608MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock

Frame Buffer

Cooling Solution
WindForce 3X Cooling System: features 3 ultra quiet PWM fans, three copper heat pipes and a unique vapor chamber to strengthen the speed of heat dissipation.

Benchmarks Indicate a 10% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 470.
Radeon R7 260 is a fast-middle-class graphics card based on the Second Revision of the GCN architecture. It packs a Core codenamed Bonaire PRO.
The Bonaire PRO is a cut-down version of the Bonaire XT Core used on Radeon HD 7790. It comes with 14 Compute Units and thus offers 768 Shader Processing Units, 48 TMUs and 16 ROPs. This, on a 128-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. Compared to the Bonaire XT Core, it has support for DirectX 11.2 and has support for AMD's TrueAudio Technology.
Benchmarks indicate its performance is around 10% slower than Radeon HD 7790 and a little over that when taking Radeon R7 260X as a reference.
The card proves to be very inefficient seeing as it has a higher rated TDP board than Radeon HD 7790 and its release price of $109 makes Radeon HD 7850 a better option.
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