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GeForce GTX 660 vs Radeon HD 7870

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 has a GPU clock speed of 980 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1502 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 960 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7870, which comes with core clock speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1200 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1280 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 660 140 Watts
Radeon HD 7870 175 Watts
Difference: 35 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 7870 should theoretically be a small bit superior to the GeForce GTX 660 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 153600 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 660 144192 MB/sec
Difference: 9408 (7%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7870 should be just a bit (approximately 2%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 660. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 80000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 78400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1600 (2%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 7870 will be quite a bit (more or less 36%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 660, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 32000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 23520 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8480 (36%)

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

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7870

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 Radeon HD 7870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2012 March 2012
Code Name GK106 Pitcairn XT
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 980 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed 980 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective) 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 960 1280
Texture Mapping Units 80 80
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 140 watts 175 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 144192 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 78400 Mtexels/sec 80000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 23520 Mpixels/sec 32000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

Comments

2 Responses to “GeForce GTX 660 vs Radeon HD 7870”
[...] von AMD. Preislich auch um die 200€. Wenn du einen Vergleich deiner 660 und der 7870 möchtest Vergleich 660 mit 7870 Hierbei muss jedoch beachtet werden, das dieser Vergleich nur auf den reinen Daten basiert. [...]
LEEROY says:
HD 7870 is fair bit faster on paper, but the difference is greater in real world applications. Depending on the price (near enough identical in Australia, as of March 2013), go the HD7870. GTX660 is crippled by its memory bandwidth :c

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