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GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 660

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 999 MHz on this particular model. It features 192 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 28 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 660, which comes with a core clock speed of 980 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1502 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 960 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 660 140 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 182 Watts
Difference: 42 Watts (30%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 660 should in theory be much superior to the GeForce GTX 260 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 144192 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 32304 (29%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 is quite a bit (about 113%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 260. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 78400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 41536 (113%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 will be much (about 46%) better at AA than the GeForce GTX 260, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 23520 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7392 (46%)

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 260

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GeForce GTX 660

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 260 GeForce GTX 660
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 16, 2008 September 2012
Code Name G200 GK106
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 980 MHz
Shader Speed 1242 MHz 980 MHz
Memory Speed 999 MHz (1998 MHz effective) 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 192 960
Texture Mapping Units 64 80
Render Output Units 28 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 182 watts 140 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 144192 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36864 Mtexels/sec 78400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 23520 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the 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 applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units 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 also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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