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GeForce GTX 660 vs Radeon R9 M390X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 660 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 980 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1502 MHz on this specific card. It features 960 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 M390X, which has core speeds of 723 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M390X 125 Watts
GeForce GTX 660 140 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (12%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 M390X should perform a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 660 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 M390X 160000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 660 144192 MB/sec
Difference: 15808 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M390X is a small bit (more or less 18%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 660. (explain)

Radeon R9 M390X 92544 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 660 78400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14144 (18%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 will be just a bit (about 2%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 M390X, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 23520 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M390X 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 M390X

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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 M390X
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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in one 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 sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 660

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 M390X

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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