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GeForce GTX 570 vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 570 features a clock frequency of 732 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 950 MHz. It also uses a 320-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 480 SPUs, 60 TAUs, and 40 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this card. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 150 Watts
GeForce GTX 570 219 Watts
Difference: 69 Watts (46%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 570 will be 6% faster than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti in general, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 570 152000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 144000 MB/sec
Difference: 8000 (6%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti will be quite a bit (more or less 133%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 570. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 102480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 570 43920 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 58560 (133%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 570 is superior to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 570 29280 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 21960 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7320 (33%)

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 GTX 570

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 GTX 570 GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year December 2010 August 2012
Code Name GF110 GK104
Memory 1280 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 732 MHz 915 MHz
Memory Speed 3800 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 219 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 152000 MB/sec 144000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 43920 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29280 Mpixels/sec 21960 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 480 1344
Texture Mapping Units 60 112
Render Output Units 40 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million 3540 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. 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 fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

Comments

2 Responses to “GeForce GTX 570 vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti”
What's a good upgrade from my gtx 570? - Page 2 - Hardware Canucks says:

[...] GeForce GTX 570 vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare better AA support for 570,more memory bandwith,an OC 660ti will get you the same,or a little more power ,why wasting your money in a quite similar stuff? [...]

Dumisani says:

Guys, Im do 3D Rendering with CUDA GPGPU. I heard that GTX6** are bad for computing. I use mostly Blender Cycles or OctaneRender. I do play latest games too.How bad is the GTX660 vs GTX570. Please anyone. I have to buy either of the two

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