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GeForce GTX 460 vs GeForce GTX 660

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 has a core clock speed of 675 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 336 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 660, which has a core clock frequency of 980 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 960 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 660 140 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 150 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (7%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 660 should theoretically be much better than the GeForce GTX 460 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 144192 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 460 86400 MB/sec
Difference: 57792 (67%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 should be much (more or less 107%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 460. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 78400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 37800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 40600 (107%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 should be a lot (approximately 45%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 460, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 23520 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 16200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7320 (45%)

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 460

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 660

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 460 GeForce GTX 660
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2010 September 2012
Code Name GF104 GK106
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 768 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 980 MHz
Shader Speed 1350 MHz 980 MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (3600 MHz effective) 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 336 960
Texture Mapping Units 56 80
Render Output Units 24 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 140 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 86400 MB/sec 144192 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37800 Mtexels/sec 78400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16200 Mpixels/sec 23520 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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