GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 660 vs 580 among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

6.7

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660  based on its benchmarks, compute performance and noise and power.

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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 better 3DMark06 score 18,060 vs 6,065 Around 3x better 3DMark06 score
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 5,600 MHz vs 4,032 MHz Around 40% higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly better manhattan score 12,983.16 vs 3,709.27 More than 3.5x better manhattan score
Higher texture rate 79 GTexel/s vs 51.84 GTexel/s More than 50% higher texture rate
More shading units 1,152 vs 512 640 more shading units
Significantly higher memory clock speed 1,400 MHz vs 1,008 MHz Around 40% higher memory clock speed
More texture mapping units 96 vs 64 32 more texture mapping units
Significantly lower TDP 130W vs 244W More than 45% lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GTX 580

Reasons to consider the
SPARKLE GeForce GTX 580

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Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 24,765 vs 6,850 More than 3.5x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Better PassMark score 5,018 vs 4,121 More than 20% better PassMark score
More render output processors 48 vs 32 16 more render output processors
Slightly higher memory bandwidth 193.5 GB/s vs 179.2 GB/s Around 10% higher memory bandwidth
Significantly higher battlefield 3 framerate 65 vs 50 30% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Wider memory bus 384 bit vs 256 bit 50% wider memory bus
Better cloud gate factor score 20.46 vs 19.42 More than 5% better cloud gate factor score

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 660 vs 580

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 660
67.94 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 580
142.43 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 660
30.41 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 580
35.72 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 660
706.33 frames/s
GeForce GTX 580
1,401.19 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 660
19,695.95
GeForce GTX 580
3,351.03

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 660
12,983.16
GeForce GTX 580
3,709.27

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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