GTX 460 (768MB) vs HD 5830 Performance Shootout
With the buzz surrounding the new AMD and Nvidia cards, it is easy to forget where it is coming from. The previous generation of video cards are also very formidable performers. Today’s article seeks to explore one of the more heated battles in the mid-priced range, GTX 460 versus HD 5830.
The GeForce GTX 460 (768MB version) was released in July of 2010 and had a launch price of US $199. This puts it right in the sweet spot of most gamers’ pockets. The 768MB version was originally slated to fill the void at the $200 price point and to satisfy gamers using the mainstream gaming resolutions of 1680×1050 and 1920×1200. These are the resolutions tested in order to see how well it stacks up against its competitor.
AMD’s Radeon HD 5830 was launched in March of 2010 at a price of US $239. Of note, the GTX 460 1GB version was released with a launch price $10 cheaper, at US $229.
Almost a year later, things have been shaken up quite a bit and the graphics card landscape looks a lot different now. Gamers on a budget look to last generation’s cards to get a nice deal on price to performance. Both companies offer cards with DirectX 11 support as their main marketing objective and a generous feature set that completes their appeal. With both cards now available at online retailers such as Newegg for around $170-$180, the playing field has been leveled. Let’s see whether the price to performance ratio tips the scale to one side or the other.