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GeForce GTX 480 vs GeForce GTX 660

Intro

The GeForce GTX 480 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 700 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 924 MHz on this card. It features 480 SPUs along with 60 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 660, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 980 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1502 MHz on this model. It features 960 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 660 5063 points
GeForce GTX 480 3650 points
Difference: 1413 (39%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 660 140 Watts
GeForce GTX 480 250 Watts
Difference: 110 Watts (79%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 480 should theoretically be much superior to the GeForce GTX 660 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 480 177408 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 660 144192 MB/sec
Difference: 33216 (23%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 is a lot (approximately 87%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 480. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 78400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 480 42000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 36400 (87%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 480 is a lot (more or less 43%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 660, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 480 33600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 23520 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10080 (43%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 480 GeForce GTX 660
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2010 September 2012
Code Name GF100 GK106
Memory 1536 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 980 MHz
Memory Speed 3696 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 140 watts
Bandwidth 177408 MB/sec 144192 MB/sec
Texel Rate 42000 Mtexels/sec 78400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33600 Mpixels/sec 23520 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 480 960
Texture Mapping Units 60 80
Render Output Units 48 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million 2540 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 most 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 colour ROPs by the the core 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 is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Comments

2 Responses to “GeForce GTX 480 vs GeForce GTX 660”
Help! I need a new graphics card. says:

[...] £178.39. Looks like a nice graphics card at not an unreasonable price. Comparing the two, using: HWCompare I am not sure my motherboard can cope & would support the GTX 660's Bus requirement: [...]

DasPootisXD says:

I have money for either one and I need help on deciding on which one I should buy. Other question is: what use is texel rate and how important it is?

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