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GeForce GTX 660 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 980 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1502 MHz on this particular model. It features 960 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7770, which comes with a core clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1125 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7770 80 Watts
GeForce GTX 660 140 Watts
Difference: 60 Watts (75%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 660 should theoretically be quite a bit better than the Radeon HD 7770 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 144192 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
Difference: 72192 (100%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 will be much (about 96%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7770. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 78400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 38400 (96%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 660 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 23520 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7520 (47%)

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

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7770

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 Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2012 February 2012
Code Name GK106 Cape Verde XT
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 980 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 140 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 144192 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 78400 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 23520 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 960 640
Texture Mapping Units 80 40
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2540 million 1500 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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