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GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this particular model. It features 1344 SPUs as well as 112 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6870, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1050 MHz on this specific card. It features 1120 SPUs along with 56 TAUs 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 small bit faster than the Radeon HD 6870 overall. (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 quite a bit (about 103%) more effective at texture 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

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is superior to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, by a large margin. (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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If 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 high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka 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, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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