Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 460 vs GeForce GTX 660
IntroThe GeForce GTX 460 features 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 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.
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 RAM runs at a frequency of 1502 MHz on this model. It features 960 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 660 should theoretically be a lot better than the GeForce GTX 460 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 is a lot (approximately 107%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 460. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 is quite a bit (about 45%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce GTX 460, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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 data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock 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 in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.