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GeForce GTX 460 1GB vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB features clock speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this model. It features 1344 SPUs as well as 112 Texture Address Units 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 460 1GB 160 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (7%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti will be 25% faster than the GeForce GTX 460 1GB overall, due to its higher data rate. (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 will be much (about 171%) more effective 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 running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is a better choice, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (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

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GeForce GTX 660 Ti

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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 max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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