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GeForce GTX 580 vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 comes with a GPU core clock speed of 772 MHz, and the 1536 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1002 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is made up of 512 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which uses 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 along with 112 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 150 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 244 Watts
Difference: 94 Watts (63%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 580 should be 34% quicker than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 192384 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 144000 MB/sec
Difference: 48384 (34%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti is much (more or less 107%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 580. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 102480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 53072 (107%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 580 will be a lot (approximately 69%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 37056 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 21960 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 15096 (69%)

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 580

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 580 GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year November 2010 August 2012
Code Name GF110 GK104
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1536 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 915 MHz
Shader Speed 1544 MHz 915 MHz
Memory Speed 1002 MHz (4008 MHz effective) 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 512 1344
Texture Mapping Units 64 112
Render Output Units 48 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 150 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 144000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 21960 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core 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 one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

Comments

2 Responses to “GeForce GTX 580 vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti”
osiris says:
Just a little correction.
The power difference or 94 watts is 38.5 % of the 580
[...] it must be instantly better. I5 is for gaming I7 is for hard core multi tasking I believe. Stats: GeForce GTX 580 vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare [...]

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