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GeForce GTX 660 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 comes with core clock speeds of 980 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 960 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7770, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1125 MHz on this particular model. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 TAUs 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

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

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 should be much (more or less 96%) better 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 using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 660 is the winner, by a large margin. (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 maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, 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 are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour 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 rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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