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GeForce GTX 470 vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 607 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 837 MHz on this specific card. It features 448 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 40 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which comes with 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 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

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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 (more or less 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

The GeForce GTX 470 should be just a bit (about 11%) better at AA than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, and should be 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

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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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher 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 one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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