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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs GeForce GTX 660

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB comes with core clock speeds of 1392 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 768 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 660, which has core speeds of 980 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 960 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 660 140 Watts
Difference: 65 Watts (87%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 660 should in theory be much better than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 144192 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
Difference: 58176 (68%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 will be a small bit (approximately 17%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 78400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11584 (17%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 23520 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9888 (42%)

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 1050 3GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 660

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 1050 3GB GeForce GTX 660
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2018 September 2012
Code Name GP107 GK106
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1392 MHz 980 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 140 watts
Bandwidth 86016 MB/sec 144192 MB/sec
Texel Rate 66816 Mtexels/sec 78400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33408 Mpixels/sec 23520 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 960
Texture Mapping Units 48 80
Render Output Units 24 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 96-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3300 million 2540 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 660

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.

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