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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 660

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660

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Much higher clock speed 980 MHz vs 650 MHz More than 50% higher clock speed
Much higher effective memory clock speed 6,008 MHz vs 1,800 MHz More than 3.2x higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly better passmark score 4,116 vs 750 Around 5.5x better passmark score
More memory 2,048 MB vs 512 MB 4x more memory
Better floating-point performance 1,882 GFLOPS vs 208 GFLOPS More than 9x better floating-point performance
Higher memory bandwidth 144.2 GB/s vs 57.6 GB/s More than 2.5x higher memory bandwidth
Higher texture rate 78.4 GTexel/s vs 20.8 GTexel/s More than 3.8x higher texture rate
Much higher memory clock speed 1,502 MHz vs 900 MHz More than 65% higher memory clock speed
More shading units 960 vs 64 896 more shading units
Higher pixel rate 19.6 GPixel/s vs 10.4 GPixel/s Around 90% higher pixel rate
More texture mapping units 80 vs 32 48 more texture mapping units
More render output processors 24 vs 16 8 more render output processors
Front view of GeForce GT 9600

Reasons to consider the
Gainward GeForce GT 9600

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Wider memory bus 256 bit vs 192 bit Around 35% wider memory bus
Lower TDP 95W vs 140W More than 30% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 660 vs GeForce GT 9600

Passmark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performance

Features Key features of the GeForce GTX 660  vs GeForce GT 9600 

memory bandwidth Rate at which data can be read from or stored in onboard memory

GeForce GTX 660
144.2 GB/s
GeForce GT 9600
57.6 GB/s

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

GeForce GTX 660
19.6 GPixel/s
GeForce GT 9600
10.4 GPixel/s

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

GeForce GTX 660
78.4 GTexel/s
GeForce GT 9600
20.8 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

GeForce GTX 660
1,882 GFLOPS
GeForce GT 9600
208 GFLOPS

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes

Reviews Word on the street

GeForce GTX 660  vs GeForce GT 9600 

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GeForce GT 9600

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