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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 set the core frequency at 675 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular model. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs 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 speed of 1500 MHz on this specific model. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

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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

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should be much faster than the GeForce GTX 460 1GB overall. (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 a lot (about 171%) faster with regards to AF 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 superior to the GeForce GTX 460 1GB, but only just. (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

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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

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Model GeForce GTX 460 1GB GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2010 August 2012
Code Name GF104 GK104
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 915 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 160 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 144000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37800 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 21960 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 336 1344
Texture Mapping Units 56 112
Render Output Units 32 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1950 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 (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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