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GeForce GTX 660 vs Radeon R9 270X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 features clock speeds of 980 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 960 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 270X, which features a GPU core clock speed of 1000 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1400 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon R9 270X 6590 points
GeForce GTX 660 5063 points
Difference: 1527 (30%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 660 140 Watts
Radeon R9 270X 180 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (29%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 270X should be 24% faster than the GeForce GTX 660 overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 179200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 660 144192 MB/sec
Difference: 35008 (24%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 270X is just a bit (more or less 2%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 660. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 80000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 78400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1600 (2%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R9 270X is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 32000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 23520 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8480 (36%)

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 660

Amazon.com

Radeon R9 270X

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 660 Radeon R9 270X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2012 October 2013
Code Name GK106 Curacao XT
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 980 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 140 watts 180 watts
Bandwidth 144192 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 78400 Mtexels/sec 80000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 23520 Mpixels/sec 32000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 960 1280
Texture Mapping Units 80 80
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2540 million 2800 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 660

Amazon.com

Radeon R9 270X

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.

Comments

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