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GeForce GTX 650 Ti vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 928 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1350 MHz on this model. It features 768 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which has GPU clock speed of 915 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1500 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 1344 Stream Processors, 112 Texture Address Units, 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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti will be 67% quicker than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (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 will be much (about 73%) more effective 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 a better choice, and very much so. (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

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GeForce GTX 660 Ti

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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 max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better 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 can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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