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GeForce GTX 460 1GB vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB comes with a GPU core speed of 675 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 336 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which has GPU clock speed of 915 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1500 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 1344 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation 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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should in theory be a lot better 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 much (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 a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is the winner, 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

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 information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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