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GeForce GTX 470 vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 607 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 837 MHz on this specific card. It features 448 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 40 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which has a core clock frequency of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1500 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 1344 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

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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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should theoretically be a bit superior to the GeForce GTX 470 overall. (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 quite a bit (approximately 201%) better 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

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 470 is the winner, but 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

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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

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Model GeForce GTX 470 GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2010 August 2012
Code Name GF100 GK104
Memory 1280 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 915 MHz
Memory Speed 3348 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 144000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 Mpixels/sec 21960 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 448 1344
Texture Mapping Units 56 112
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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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