Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 460 vs GeForce GTX 660
IntroThe GeForce GTX 460 comes with a clock frequency of 675 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 336 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.
Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 660, which comes with a clock speed of 980 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also features a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 960 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
In theory, the GeForce GTX 660 should be a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 460 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 should be quite a bit (about 107%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 460. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 will be quite a bit (about 45%) better at AA than the GeForce GTX 460, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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.
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Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.