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GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs Radeon HD 7950

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this model. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 7950, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 800 MHz, and 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1250 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is made up of 1792 Stream Processors, 112 TAUs, 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 be 67% quicker than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti should be a small bit (more or less 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

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7950 is a better choice, though not by far. (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 maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 are processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also 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 bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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