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GeForce GTX 650 vs GeForce GTX 660

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1058 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this particular card. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 660, which comes with core speeds of 980 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 960 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 650 64 Watts
GeForce GTX 660 140 Watts
Difference: 76 Watts (119%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 660 should be 80% faster than the GeForce GTX 650 in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 144192 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
Difference: 64192 (80%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 should be quite a bit (more or less 132%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 78400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 44544 (132%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 will be much (more or less 39%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 650, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 23520 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6592 (39%)

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 650

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 660

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 650 GeForce GTX 660
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 2012 September 2012
Code Name GK107 GK106
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1058 MHz 980 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 64 watts 140 watts
Bandwidth 80000 MB/sec 144192 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33856 Mtexels/sec 78400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16928 Mpixels/sec 23520 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 960
Texture Mapping Units 32 80
Render Output Units 16 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1300 million 2540 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

Comments

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trent says:

I wonder about the performance of the 650SC vs 660...

Stephen says:

This comparison could be compared with other comparisons, including comparisons of the GTX 650 and 660.

Jeffrey says:

Take it from someone who upgraded from a 9800gt to a GTX650 to a GTX660. The first upgrade was a slight improvement (rather disappointing in fact). But the jump from the 650 to the 660 was huge! Hello 1080 gaming!

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