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GeForce GTX 650 vs GeForce GTX 660

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1058 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1250 MHz on this specific model. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 660, which comes with GPU core speed of 980 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1502 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 960 Stream Processors, 80 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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 will be 80% quicker than the GeForce GTX 650 overall, because of its higher 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 (approximately 132%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 660 is a better choice, by a large margin. (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

GeForce GTX 650

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GeForce GTX 660

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 650 GeForce GTX 660
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 2012 September 2012
Code Name GK107 GK106
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1058 MHz 980 MHz
Shader Speed 1058 MHz 980 MHz
Memory Speed 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective) 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 384 960
Texture Mapping Units 32 80
Render Output Units 16 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 64 watts 140 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 80000 MB/sec 144192 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33856 Mtexels/sec 78400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16928 Mpixels/sec 23520 Mpixels/sec

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core 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 many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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