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GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs Radeon HD 5850

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5850, which features a clock speed of 725 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 1440(288x5) SPUs, 72 TAUs, 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 5850 151 Watts
Difference: 1 Watts (1%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should be just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 5850 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 144000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5850 128000 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti is quite a bit (approximately 96%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5850. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 102480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5850 52200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 50280 (96%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 5850 should be a little bit (about 6%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon HD 5850 23200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 21960 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1240 (6%)

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 5850

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 5850
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2012 September 30, 2009
Code Name GK104 Cypress PRO
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz 725 MHz
Shader Speed 915 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1344 1440(288x5)
Texture Mapping Units 112 72
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 3.2
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 151 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 144000 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 102480 Mtexels/sec 52200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21960 Mpixels/sec 23200 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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