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GeForce GTX 460 1GB vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 675 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which features clock speeds of 915 MHz on the GPU, and 1500 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 150 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 1GB 160 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (7%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti, in theory, should perform much faster than the GeForce GTX 460 1GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 144000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 460 1GB 115200 MB/sec
Difference: 28800 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti should be a lot (more or less 171%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 460 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 102480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 1GB 37800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 64680 (171%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is the winner, though not by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 21960 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 1GB 21600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 360 (2%)

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 460 1GB

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 460 1GB GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2010 August 2012
Code Name GF104 GK104
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 915 MHz
Shader Speed 1350 MHz 915 MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (3600 MHz effective) 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 336 1344
Texture Mapping Units 56 112
Render Output Units 32 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 160 watts 150 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 144000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37800 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 21960 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result 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, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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