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GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 660

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 has a core clock frequency of 576 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 999 MHz. It also features a 448-bit memory bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is made up of 192 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 28 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 660, which has clock speeds of 980 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 960 SPUs as well as 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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 660 should be 29% quicker than the GeForce GTX 260 overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 will be a lot (approximately 113%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 260. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 660 is a better choice, by far. (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

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 660

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 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, 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 amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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