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GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs Radeon HD 5850

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti has a GPU clock speed of 915 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1500 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1344 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 5850, which has a clock frequency of 725 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit 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 will be 13% faster than the Radeon HD 5850 overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (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%) more effective 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

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5850 is a better choice, though only just barely. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video 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 that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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