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GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs Radeon HD 5850

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1500 MHz on this specific model. It features 1344 SPUs as well as 112 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5850, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 725 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 1440(288x5) SPUs as well as 72 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

(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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should in theory be a little bit better than the Radeon HD 5850 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti will be a lot (more or less 96%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 5850. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5850 is superior to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, though not by far. (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

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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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs 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 output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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