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GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti comes with a GPU core clock speed of 915 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1500 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 1344 Stream Processors, 112 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6870, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1050 MHz on this model. It features 1120 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 150 Watts
Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Difference: 1 Watts (1%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti should in theory be a bit faster than the Radeon HD 6870 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 144000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (7%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti is much (about 103%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6870. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 102480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 52080 (103%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 will be much (more or less 31%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 21960 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6840 (31%)

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 660 Ti

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6870

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 660 Ti Radeon HD 6870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2012 October 2010
Code Name GK104 Barts XT
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 151 watts
Bandwidth 144000 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 102480 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21960 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1344 1120
Texture Mapping Units 112 56
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3540 million 1700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

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

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