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GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti comes with a core clock frequency of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1500 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1344 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6870, which comes with a clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1050 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1120 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 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
Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Difference: 1 Watts (1%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti should theoretically be just a 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 will be much (about 103%) better 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

The Radeon HD 6870 is much (about 31%) better at AA than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, and also able to handle higher 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

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

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 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective) 1050 MHz (4200 MHz effective)
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 data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, 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 most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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