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GeForce GT 640 DDR3 vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The DDR3 memory works at a speed of 1782 MHz on this specific model. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which has GPU clock speed of 915 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1500 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 1344 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

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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 will be 153% quicker than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (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 quite a bit (more or less 256%) more effective at anisotropic filtering 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 using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is the winner, by far. (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

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GeForce GT 640 DDR3

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 640 DDR3 GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 2012 August 2012
Code Name GK107 GK104
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 915 MHz
Memory Speed 3564 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 65 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 57024 MB/sec 144000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14400 Mpixels/sec 21960 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 1344
Texture Mapping Units 32 112
Render Output Units 16 24
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1300 million 3540 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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