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GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 660

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 comes with a clock speed of 576 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 999 MHz. It also uses 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 specifications to the GeForce GTX 660, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 980 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1502 MHz on this particular card. It features 960 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 660 should in theory be quite a bit better than 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 a lot (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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 660 is superior to the GeForce GTX 260, 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

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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

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Model GeForce GTX 260 GeForce GTX 660
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 16, 2008 September 2012
Code Name G200 GK106
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 980 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 182 watts 140 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 144192 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36864 Mtexels/sec 78400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 23520 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 960
Texture Mapping Units 64 80
Render Output Units 28 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 65 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 are applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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