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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 960

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960

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Significantly higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 701 MHz More than 60% higher clock speed
Much higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 3,600 MHz Around 95% higher effective memory clock speed
Much higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 900 MHz Around 95% higher memory clock speed
Higher pixel rate 36.1 GPixel/s vs 19.62 GPixel/s Around 85% higher pixel rate
More shading units 1,024 vs 672 352 more shading units
Lower TDP 120W vs 160W 25% lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GTX 460 X2

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 X2

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Is dual GPU Yes vs No About half of graphics cards are dual GPU
Much higher memory bandwidth 230.4 GB/s vs 112.2 GB/s More than 2x higher memory bandwidth
Significantly more render output processors 64 vs 32 Twice as many render output processors
Much wider memory bus 512 bit vs 128 bit 4x wider memory bus
More texture mapping units 112 vs 64 48 more texture mapping units

Features Key features of the GeForce GTX 960  vs 460 X2 

memory bandwidth Rate at which data can be read from or stored in onboard memory

GeForce GTX 960
112.2 GB/s
GeForce GTX 460 X2
230.4 GB/s

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

GeForce GTX 960
36.1 GPixel/s
GeForce GTX 460 X2
19.62 GPixel/s

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

GeForce GTX 960
72.1 GTexel/s
GeForce GTX 460 X2
78.6 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

GeForce GTX 960
2,308.1 GFLOPS
GeForce GTX 460 X2
1,883 GFLOPS

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes

Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GeForce GTX 960  vs
460 X2 
GPU brand Nvidia Nvidia
GPU name GM206 GF104
Market Desktop Desktop
Clock speed 1,127 MHz 701 MHz
Is dual GPU No Yes
Reference card None None

raw performance

Shading units 1,024 672
Texture mapping units 64 112
Render output processors 32 64
Pixel rate 36.1 GPixel/s 19.62 GPixel/s
Texture rate 72.1 GTexel/s 78.6 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 2,308.1 GFLOPS 1,883 GFLOPS

memory

GeForce GTX 960  vs
460 X2 
Memory clock speed 1,753 MHz 900 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz 3,600 MHz
Memory bus 128 bit 512 bit
Memory 2,048 MB 2,048 MB
Memory type GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 112.2 GB/s 230.4 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 120W 160W

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