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GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 660

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 features a GPU clock speed of 576 MHz, and the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also is made up of 192 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 660, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 980 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1502 MHz on this specific model. It features 960 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

(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

The GeForce GTX 660 should theoretically be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 260 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 should be quite a bit (about 113%) faster with regards to AF 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 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 largest 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 card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it 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 higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called 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 of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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