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GeForce GTX 275 vs GeForce GTX 660

Intro

The GeForce GTX 275 comes with clock speeds of 633 MHz on the GPU, and 1134 MHz on the 896 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 240 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 28 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 660, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 980 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1502 MHz on this particular card. It features 960 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 660 140 Watts
GeForce GTX 275 219 Watts
Difference: 79 Watts (56%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 660 will be 14% quicker than the GeForce GTX 275 overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 144192 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 275 127008 MB/sec
Difference: 17184 (14%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 is much (about 55%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 275. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 78400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 275 50640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 27760 (55%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 will be quite a bit (approximately 33%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 275, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 23520 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 275 17724 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5796 (33%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 275 GeForce GTX 660
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 9, 2009 September 2012
Code Name G200b GK106
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 633 MHz 980 MHz
Memory Speed 2268 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 219 watts 140 watts
Bandwidth 127008 MB/sec 144192 MB/sec
Texel Rate 50640 Mtexels/sec 78400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 17724 Mpixels/sec 23520 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 960
Texture Mapping Units 80 80
Render Output Units 28 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1400 million 2540 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 275

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GeForce GTX 660

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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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