Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 480 vs GeForce GTX 660
IntroThe GeForce GTX 480 comes with a core clock speed of 700 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 924 MHz. It also features a 384-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 480 SPUs, 60 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.
Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 660, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 980 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1502 MHz on this specific model. It features 960 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 480 should in theory be much superior to the GeForce GTX 660 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 is quite a bit (more or less 87%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 480. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 480 is superior to the GeForce GTX 660, by a large margin. (explain)
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.
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.
Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a 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. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.