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GeForce GTX 660 vs Radeon HD 5770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 980 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1502 MHz on this specific model. It features 960 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 5770, which features clock speeds of 850 MHz on the GPU, and 1200 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 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 is 88% quicker than the Radeon HD 5770 overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 should be quite a bit (approximately 131%) more effective 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 running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 660 is a better choice, 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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