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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti vs GeForce GTX 960

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti makes use of a 12 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1500 MHz. The GDDR6 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this specific card. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 96 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 960, which comes with GPU core speed of 1127 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 1024 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, in theory, should perform a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 960 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 294912 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 960 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 182912 (163%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is quite a bit (approximately 100%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 960. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 144000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 71872 (100%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution 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
GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 35936 (100%)

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 1660 Ti GeForce GTX 960
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year February 2019 January 2015
Code Name TU116-400-A1 GM206
Memory 6144 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1500 MHz 1127 MHz
Memory Speed 1500 GB/s 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 294912 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144000 Mtexels/sec 72128 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72000 Mpixels/sec 36064 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 1024
Texture Mapping Units 96 64
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 12 nm 28 nm
Transistors 6600 million 2940 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.5

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. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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