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GeForce GTX 570 vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 570 features a GPU core clock speed of 732 MHz, and the 1280 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 950 MHz through a 320-bit bus. It also is made up of 480 SPUs, 60 Texture Address Units, and 40 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which features a GPU core clock speed of 915 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1500 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 1344 Stream Processors, 112 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.

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(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 570 should be a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti overall. (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%) better at anisotropic 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 570 is a better choice, by a large margin. (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
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1280 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 732 MHz 915 MHz
Shader Speed 1464 MHz 915 MHz
Memory Speed 3800 MHz 6000 MHz
Unified Shaders 480 1344
Texture Mapping Units 60 112
Render Output Units 40 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 219 watts 150 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 152000 MB/sec 144000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 43920 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29280 Mpixels/sec 21960 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure 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 graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max 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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