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This page will show you the comparison between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SLI and AMD Radeon HD 5000 series graphics.
The release of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 causes the strong concern of global players, so we provide you the comparison between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SLI and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series Graphics.
The test includes GTX 460 dual SIM card SLI(the core frequency of 810MHz, Shader frequency of 1.62GHz, memory frequency of 4GHz), and AMD's three high-end graphics card Radeon HD 5970, Radeon HD 5870 1GB and Radeon HD 5850. Test platform is the Asus P6T6 WS Revolution motherboard, Core i7-920 OC 3.6GHz processor, Corsair 6GB DDR3-1600 memory, Western Digital 500GB SATA HDD, CoolerMaster Real Power Pro 1250W power supply, Dell 3007WFP monitor (DVI), Windows 7 Ultimate x64 operating system.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
In Battlefield: Bad Company 2, HD 5970's performance here is better than GTX 460 SLI. HD 5970's average frame rate is 22% higher, but as for HD 5870 and HD 5850, the GTX 460 SLI overtops 13% and 28% respectively.
In Metro 2033, Nvidia DirectX 11 product, the Radeon HD 5970's advantage is severely diminished by the GTX 460 SLI, but not completely eliminated. The HD 5970 is 6% faster than the GTX 460 SLI, but was then 28% faster than the Radeon HD 5870, as well as 39% faster than the Radeon HD 5850.
Splinter Cell: Conviction
In Splinter Cell: Conviction, the GTX 460 SLI's performance level once again comes very close to the Radeon HD 5970, only a a marginal 3% performance disadvantage. Meanwhile, the GeForce GTX 460 setup still 28% faster framerates than HD 5870, as well as 39% faster than the Radeon HD 5850.
If you buy two GTX 460 cards, you will save about $180 comparing with a HD 5970. Although HD 5970's performace is more great than GTX 460 SLI in each game, whether the tiny distinction is worth $180, we believe that even high-end players also think over the deal.
From another angle, two Galaxy Super OC GTX 460 SLI cost $500 to support 3x1 multi-display gaming, but AMD HD 5850 and 5870 can do it for $290 and $380. If you want to be faster in every game for lower cost, AMD graphics will still be more economic choice, but the game performance will obviously lower than GTX 460 SLI.
However, on the expansibility, GTX 460 just has one SLI, only supports 2-way SLI, and not be expanded to 3-way or 4-way CrossFireX, but HD 5850 and 5870 can do it. HD 5970 also supports 2-way CrossFireX.
Without doubt, considering the excellent overall performance and multi-card interconnect efficiency, the GTX 460 SLI is the ideal choice for gamers, It prices between AMD's HD 5870 and HD 5970, but the performance is closer to the latter. The cost seems quite high. For those who want to buy single card and upgrade dual card in the future, GTX 460 is aslo a ideal choice. If you want to play three-screen games at a low cost, single-card HD 5850 is still appropriate.
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