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GeForce GTX 650 Ti vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 928 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1350 MHz on this particular card. It features 768 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this specific model. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti should in theory be much 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 much (approximately 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

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is superior to the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, by far. (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

GeForce GTX 650 Ti

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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 1350 MHz (5400 MHz effective) 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective)
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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 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 anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, 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 most pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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