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GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs Radeon R9 270X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1500 MHz on this card. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 270X, which comes with core speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1400 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1280 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 150 Watts
Radeon R9 270X 180 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 270X, in theory, should perform a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 270X 179200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 144000 MB/sec
Difference: 35200 (24%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti is quite a bit (more or less 28%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon R9 270X. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 102480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 270X 80000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22480 (28%)

Pixel Rate

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

Radeon R9 270X 32000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 21960 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10040 (46%)

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 Ti

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

Model GeForce GTX 660 Ti Radeon R9 270X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2012 October 2013
Code Name GK104 Curacao XT
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed 915 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective) 1400 MHz (5600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1344 1280
Texture Mapping Units 112 80
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 180 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 144000 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 102480 Mtexels/sec 80000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21960 Mpixels/sec 32000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus 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 bandwidth is, the better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

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

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