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GeForce GTX 660 vs Geforce GTX 760

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 comes with a clock frequency of 980 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1502 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 960 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Geforce GTX 760, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 980 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1502 MHz on this model. It features 1152 SPUs along with 96 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 660 140 Watts
Geforce GTX 760 170 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (21%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Geforce GTX 760 should perform much faster than the GeForce GTX 660 overall. (explain)

Geforce GTX 760 192256 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 660 144192 MB/sec
Difference: 48064 (33%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 760 will be a bit (approximately 20%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 660. (explain)

Geforce GTX 760 94080 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 78400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15680 (20%)

Pixel Rate

The Geforce GTX 760 should be a lot (more or less 33%) better at AA than the GeForce GTX 660, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Geforce GTX 760 31360 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 23520 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7840 (33%)

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 660

Amazon.com

Geforce GTX 760

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 660 Geforce GTX 760
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 2012 June 2013
Code Name GK106 GK104
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 980 MHz 980 MHz
Shader Speed 980 MHz 980 MHz
Memory Speed 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective) 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 960 1152
Texture Mapping Units 80 96
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 140 watts 170 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 144192 MB/sec 192256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 78400 Mtexels/sec 94080 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 23520 Mpixels/sec 31360 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in 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. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

3 Responses to “GeForce GTX 660 vs Geforce GTX 760”
Schaumstoff says:
The gtx 760 is a lot more expensive but I think it is worth it.
Dat guy says:
At current UK prices the 760 is around 30 pounds more expensive than the 660 and I'd be happy to spend that much for the performance gain.
Jessy says:
I shouldv'e gotten this 760. But at the time, I just needed a new GPU when mine was a 610... -_- But I do intend to get a new one soon so we'll see. :)

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