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GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs Radeon HD 7850

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1500 MHz on this card. It features 1344 SPUs as well as 112 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7850, which features a core clock frequency of 860 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1200 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1024 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7850 130 Watts
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 150 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (15%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7850 should be 7% quicker than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 153600 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 144000 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (7%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti will be a lot (approximately 86%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 7850. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 102480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7850 55040 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 47440 (86%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 7850 will be much (approximately 25%) better at AA than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, and able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 27520 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 21960 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5560 (25%)

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 GTX 660 Ti

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7850

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 660 Ti Radeon HD 7850
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2012 March 2012
Code Name GK104 Pitcairn Pro
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz 860 MHz
Shader Speed 915 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective) 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1344 1024
Texture Mapping Units 112 64
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 130 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 144000 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 102480 Mtexels/sec 55040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21960 Mpixels/sec 27520 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

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

Comments

5 Responses to “GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs Radeon HD 7850”
[...] Hey just wondering about the 660 Ti and whether or not it has been released it appears that it has but not exactly sure and in terms of price etc is it worth it instead of the 7850. I've had to post pone my build until after Christmas Uni has made me a bit poorer than I anticipated so by then hopefully the 7850 may have dropped in price as a counter towards the 660 Ti. I've also been using this website as a comparison for graphics cards would you say it's fairly accurate: GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs Radeon HD 7850 – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare [...]
filhodaputabr! says:
Chupa ati! porra! vão tomar no cú , eu sei fazer uma picarreta!
BR anywhare says:
Será que uma das duas roda meu tíbia?
comedor do filhodaputabr says:
teu cu fdp a hd 7850 só perdeu taxel rate e vai comparar os preços das 2 seu otário fanboióla da nvidia
ronron says:
the 7850 is better for me.. ....thus the memory bandwidth is 256bit..ive seen the 660ti and its not worth the money the 7850 can run as fast as the 660ti but and also worth every penny ...

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