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GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 660


The GeForce GTX 260 comes with a GPU core 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 Stream Processors, 64 Texture Address Units, and 28 ROPs.

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

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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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 660 should be 29% quicker than the GeForce GTX 260 in general, due to 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 (more or less 113%) better at 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, and very much so. (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.

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GeForce GTX 260

GeForce GTX 660

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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 max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.


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