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GeForce GT 640 DDR3 vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 features a core clock speed of 900 MHz and a DDR3 memory speed of 1782 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 384 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which features a GPU core clock speed of 915 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1500 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 1344 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 65 Watts
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 150 Watts
Difference: 85 Watts (131%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should perform a lot faster than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 144000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 57024 MB/sec
Difference: 86976 (153%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti will be much (about 256%) better at AF than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 102480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 73680 (256%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 21960 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 14400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7560 (53%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

GeForce GT 640 DDR3

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GT 640 DDR3 GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 2012 August 2012
Code Name GK107 GK104
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 915 MHz
Shader Speed 900 MHz 915 MHz
Memory Speed 1782 MHz (3564 MHz effective) 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 384 1344
Texture Mapping Units 32 112
Render Output Units 16 24
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 65 watts 150 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57024 MB/sec 144000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14400 Mpixels/sec 21960 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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