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GeForce GTX 660 vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 features 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 features 960 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6950, which features a core clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 1408 SPUs, 88 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 660 5063 points
Radeon HD 6950 3240 points
Difference: 1823 (56%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 660 140 Watts
Radeon HD 6950 200 Watts
Difference: 60 Watts (43%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 6950 should in theory be just a bit better than the GeForce GTX 660 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 160000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 660 144192 MB/sec
Difference: 15808 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 should be a little bit (approximately 11%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 6950. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 78400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6950 70400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8000 (11%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6950 is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 25600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 23520 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2080 (9%)

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

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GeForce GTX 660

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Radeon HD 6950

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 660 Radeon HD 6950
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2012 December 2010
Code Name GK106 Cayman Pro
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 980 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 140 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 144192 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 78400 Mtexels/sec 70400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 23520 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 960 1408
Texture Mapping Units 80 88
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Transistors 2540 million 2640 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of 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 a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many 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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GeForce GTX 660

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Radeon HD 6950

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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.

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