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GeForce GTX 650 Ti vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti comes with a GPU core speed of 928 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1350 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 768 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which comes with a clock speed of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1500 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1344 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 650 Ti 110 Watts
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 150 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (36%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 144000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 86400 MB/sec
Difference: 57600 (67%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti should be a lot (more or less 73%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 102480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 59392 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 43088 (73%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti is much (approximately 48%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, and will be able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 21960 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 14848 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7112 (48%)

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 Ti

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 660 Ti

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 650 Ti GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2012 August 2012
Code Name GK106 GK104
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 928 MHz 915 MHz
Shader Speed 928 MHz 915 MHz
Memory Speed 5400 MHz 6000 MHz
Unified Shaders 768 1344
Texture Mapping Units 64 112
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) 110 watts 150 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 86400 MB/sec 144000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 59392 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14848 Mpixels/sec 21960 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card 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 one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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