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GeForce GTX 660 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 features a clock frequency of 980 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 960 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7770, which features GPU core speed of 1000 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 660 should be 100% faster than the Radeon HD 7770 in general, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 will be a lot (about 96%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 7770. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 will be quite a bit (more or less 47%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7770, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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

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

Model GeForce GTX 660 Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2012 February 2012
Code Name GK106 Cape Verde XT
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 980 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed 980 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective) 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 960 640
Texture Mapping Units 80 40
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 140 watts 80 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 144192 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 78400 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 23520 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, 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 is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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