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GeForce GTX 470 vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 has a GPU clock speed of 607 MHz, and the 1280 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 837 MHz through a 320-bit bus. It also is made up of 448 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 40 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which features a core clock speed of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1500 MHz. It also features a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1344 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation 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 470 215 Watts
Difference: 65 Watts (43%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should be 8% quicker than the GeForce GTX 470 in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 144000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
Difference: 10080 (8%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti should be a lot (approximately 201%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 102480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 68488 (201%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 470 will be a little bit (approximately 11%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, and also able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 21960 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2320 (11%)

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 470

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 470 GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2010 August 2012
Code Name GF100 GK104
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1280 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 915 MHz
Shader Speed 1215 MHz 915 MHz
Memory Speed 837 MHz (3348 MHz effective) 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 448 1344
Texture Mapping Units 56 112
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) 215 watts 150 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 144000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 Mpixels/sec 21960 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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