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GeForce GTX 480 vs GeForce GTX 660

Intro

The GeForce GTX 480 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 700 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 924 MHz on this card. It features 480 SPUs as well as 60 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 660, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 980 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1502 MHz on this card. It features 960 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 660 140 Watts
GeForce GTX 480 250 Watts
Difference: 110 Watts (79%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 480, in theory, should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 660 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 480 177408 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 660 144192 MB/sec
Difference: 33216 (23%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 will be a lot (approximately 87%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 480. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 78400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 480 42000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 36400 (87%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 480 should be quite a bit (approximately 43%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 660, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 480 33600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 23520 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10080 (43%)

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 480

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 660

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 480 GeForce GTX 660
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2010 September 2012
Code Name GF100 GK106
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1536 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 980 MHz
Shader Speed 1401 MHz 980 MHz
Memory Speed 924 MHz (3696 MHz effective) 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 480 960
Texture Mapping Units 60 80
Render Output Units 48 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 140 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 177408 MB/sec 144192 MB/sec
Texel Rate 42000 Mtexels/sec 78400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33600 Mpixels/sec 23520 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR 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 number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

2 Responses to “GeForce GTX 480 vs GeForce GTX 660”
[...] £178.39. Looks like a nice graphics card at not an unreasonable price. Comparing the two, using: HWCompare I am not sure my motherboard can cope & would support the GTX 660's Bus requirement: [...]
DasPootisXD says:
I have money for either one and I need help on deciding on which one I should buy. Other question is: what use is texel rate and how important it is?

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