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GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs Radeon HD 5850

Intro

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

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5850, which features a core clock frequency of 725 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 1440(288x5) SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should in theory be just a 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 much (more or less 96%) faster with regards to 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5850 is a better choice, not by a very large margin though. (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

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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

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Model GeForce GTX 660 Ti Radeon HD 5850
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2012 September 30, 2009
Code Name GK104 Cypress PRO
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz 725 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 151 watts
Bandwidth 144000 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 102480 Mtexels/sec 52200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21960 Mpixels/sec 23200 Mpixels/sec
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
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3540 million 2154 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must 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 anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

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

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