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GeForce GTX 660 vs Radeon R9 M395X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 has a core clock speed of 980 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1502 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 960 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 M395X, which has GPU core speed of 723 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1250 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M395X 125 Watts
GeForce GTX 660 140 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (12%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 M395X, in theory, should perform a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 660 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 M395X 160000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 660 144192 MB/sec
Difference: 15808 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M395X is a little bit (approximately 18%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 660. (explain)

Radeon R9 M395X 92544 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 78400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14144 (18%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 is just a bit (more or less 2%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 M395X, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 23520 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M395X 23136 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 384 (2%)

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

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Radeon R9 M395X

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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 M395X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2012 2015
Code Name GK106 Tonga
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 980 MHz 723 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 140 watts 125 watts
Bandwidth 144192 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 78400 Mtexels/sec 92544 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 23520 Mpixels/sec 23136 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 960 2048
Texture Mapping Units 80 128
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2540 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

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

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GeForce GTX 660

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 M395X

Amazon.com

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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.

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