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GeForce GTX 660 vs Radeon HD 5770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 features a GPU core clock speed of 980 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1502 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 960 Stream Processors, 80 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 5770, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 850 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1200 MHz on this specific card. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5770 108 Watts
GeForce GTX 660 140 Watts
Difference: 32 Watts (30%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 660 should perform much faster than the Radeon HD 5770 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 144192 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5770 76800 MB/sec
Difference: 67392 (88%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 should be a lot (approximately 131%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 5770. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 78400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5770 34000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 44400 (131%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 660 is superior to the Radeon HD 5770, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 23520 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5770 13600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9920 (73%)

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 660

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5770

Amazon.com

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

Model GeForce GTX 660 Radeon HD 5770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2012 October 13, 2009
Code Name GK106 Juniper XT
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 980 MHz 850 MHz
Shader Speed 980 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective) 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 960 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 80 40
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 3.2
Power (Max TDP) 140 watts 108 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 144192 MB/sec 76800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 78400 Mtexels/sec 34000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 23520 Mpixels/sec 13600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses 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 high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock 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 applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can 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 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, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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