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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 set the core speed at 928 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1350 MHz on this model. It features 768 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which comes with clock speeds of 915 MHz on the GPU, and 1500 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1344 SPUs as well as 112 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

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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, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should be a lot 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 (about 73%) better at 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 lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is the winner, by a large margin. (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

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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
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 928 MHz 915 MHz
Memory Speed 5400 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 86400 MB/sec 144000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 59392 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14848 Mpixels/sec 21960 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 1344
Texture Mapping Units 64 112
Render Output Units 16 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2540 million 3540 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses 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, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. 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 lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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