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GeForce GTX 470 vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 has a core clock speed of 607 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 837 MHz. It also features a 320-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 448 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 40 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which has core speeds of 915 MHz on the GPU, and 1500 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1344 SPUs as well as 112 TAUs 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 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 overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti is much (approximately 201%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 470 is the winner, though not by far. (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

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 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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