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GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this specific model. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6870, which comes with core clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1050 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1120 SPUs as well as 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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should 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 should be much (more or less 103%) better at AF 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 is much (more or less 31%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed 915 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 4200 MHz
Unified Shaders 1344 1120
Texture Mapping Units 112 56
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 151 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 144000 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 102480 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21960 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video 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 most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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