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GeForce GTX 660 vs Radeon HD 5770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 features a clock frequency of 980 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 960 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 5770, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 850 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1200 MHz on this card. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 660 should in theory be much superior to the Radeon HD 5770 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 will be a lot (approximately 131%) more effective at anisotropic filtering 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 a high resolution 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

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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

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Model GeForce GTX 660 Radeon HD 5770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2012 October 13, 2009
Code Name GK106 Juniper XT
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 980 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 140 watts 108 watts
Bandwidth 144192 MB/sec 76800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 78400 Mtexels/sec 34000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 23520 Mpixels/sec 13600 Mpixels/sec
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
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Transistors 2540 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel 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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