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GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs Radeon HD 7950

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti comes with a clock frequency of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1500 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1344 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7950, which features core clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1792 SPUs as well as 112 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 150 Watts
Radeon HD 7950 200 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (33%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7950 should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 240000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 144000 MB/sec
Difference: 96000 (67%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti is just a bit (about 14%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 7950. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 102480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 89600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12880 (14%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 7950 is a little bit (more or less 17%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 25600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 21960 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3640 (17%)

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 7950

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

Model GeForce GTX 660 Ti Radeon HD 7950
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2012 January 2012
Code Name GK104 Tahiti Pro
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed 915 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1344 1792
Texture Mapping Units 112 112
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 384-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 200 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 144000 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 102480 Mtexels/sec 89600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21960 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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