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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB vs GeForce GTX 660

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB has a GPU clock speed of 1392 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1750 MHz through a 96-bit bus. It also is made up of 768 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 660, which comes with a core clock speed of 980 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also features a 192-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 960 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

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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

The GeForce GTX 660 should in theory be much faster 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 is a small bit (approximately 17%) faster with regards to AF 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

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is a lot (more or less 42%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 660, and capable of handling higher resolutions better. (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 (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics 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 maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour 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 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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