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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti vs Radeon HD 7970

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti comes with a clock frequency of 1500 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 12000 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit memory bus, and uses a 12 nm design. It features 1536 SPUs, 96 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7970, which comes with GPU clock speed of 925 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1375 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 120 Watts
Radeon HD 7970 250 Watts
Difference: 130 Watts (108%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti should in theory be a bit superior to the Radeon HD 7970 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 294912 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7970 264000 MB/sec
Difference: 30912 (12%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti should be a lot (about 22%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 7970. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 144000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7970 118400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 25600 (22%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 72000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7970 29600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 42400 (143%)

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 1660 Ti

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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 1660 Ti Radeon HD 7970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2019 January 2012
Code Name TU116-400-A1 Tahiti XT
Memory 6144 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 1500 MHz 925 MHz
Memory Speed 12000 GB/s 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 294912 MB/sec 264000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144000 Mtexels/sec 118400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72000 Mpixels/sec 29600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 2048
Texture Mapping Units 96 128
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 12 nm 28 nm
Transistors 6600 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

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

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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

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Radeon HD 7970

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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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