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GeForce GTX 460 vs GeForce GTX 660

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 has a GPU core clock speed of 675 MHz, and the 768 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 336 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 660, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 980 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1502 MHz on this card. It features 960 SPUs along with 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 460 150 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (7%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 660 is 67% quicker than the GeForce GTX 460 overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 should be a lot (about 107%) more effective at anisotropic filtering 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 much (approximately 45%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 460, and also should be able to handle higher 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

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GeForce GTX 660

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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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

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

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