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Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660.

The GeForce GTX 760 and the GeForce GTX 660 have the same core clock speed of 980 MHz, but the GeForce GTX 760 has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 660. As a result, the GeForce GTX 760 exhibits a 15.7 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GeForce GTX 660. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GeForce GTX 760 and the GeForce GTX 660 have the same core clock speed of 980 MHz, but the GeForce GTX 760 has 8 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 660. As a result, the GeForce GTX 760 exhibits a 7.9 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GeForce GTX 660. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GeForce GTX 760 was released less than a year after the GeForce GTX 660, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GeForce GTX 760 and the GeForce GTX 660 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GeForce GTX 760 has 48.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 660, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 760 is noticeably better than the GeForce GTX 660.

The GeForce GTX 760 has 1152 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 660 has 960. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 760 is 1189 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 660 is 992. The GeForce GTX 760 having 197 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GTX 760 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GTX 660.

The GeForce GTX 760 requires 170 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 660 requires 140 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GeForce GTX 760 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GeForce GTX 660. The GeForce GTX 760 requires 30 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 660 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GeForce GTX 760 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce GTX 660.

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GPU Core Details

Core Speed980 MHzvs980 MHz
ArchitectureKepler GK104-225-A2Kepler GK106-400-A1
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Release Date25 Jun 201313 Sep 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
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1920x1080
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2560x1440
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3840x2160
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1502 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth192.3GB/secvs144.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 384 KB
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1152vs960
Actual Shader Performance1189vs992
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units96vs80
Texture Rate94.1 GTexel/svs78.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs24
Pixel Rate31.4 GPixel/svs23.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Display Tech

DirectX11.1vs11.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.3
Max Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power170 Wattsvs140 Watts

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Recommended Screen Size1920x10801920x1080
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 30 Ampsvs450 Watts & 24 Amps

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 760 is a mainstream Graphics Card based on the 28nm, Kepler architecture.
It packs a Kepler GK104 Core and therefore offer 1152 Shader Processing Units, 96 TMUs and 32 ROPs on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. While its central unit runs at 980MHz and goes up to 1032MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 1502MHz. It draws up to 170W.
Benchmarks indicate its performance is superior to GeForce GTX 660 Ti and just a little beneath GeForce GTX 670.
Suited for a 1080p resolution, most modern games will run at the highest settings while extremely demanding games, such as Crysis 3 & Metro Last Light will require a more modest preset to be played optimally.
GeForce GTX 660 is a fast-middle-class to low-high-end GFX part of the GeForce 600 Series released by NVIDIA.
It's based on the Kepler GK106 Core with only 960 Shader Processing Units. Its central clock is clocked at 980MHz and goes up to 1033MHz on Turbo Mode. The memory clock, just like the Kepler GK104 based GPUs, is of 1502MHz (operating). Fast GDDR5 was obviously used and paired with a 192-bit bus.
Benchmarks indicate its performance is around 17% worse than GTX 660 Ti but still on level with previous generation and acclaimed GeForce GTX 570.
This GPU needs to be equipped with a relatively strong Quad Core CPU, such as 3570K or equivalent and upgrading this GPU to anything weaker than a dual-graphics solution, such as GeForce GTX 690, is worthless.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i3-4350T 3.1GHz
AMD Athlon II X4 638
AMD Athlon II X4 635
AMD Opteron 6134
AMD APU A6-3670K Quad-Core
Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz
Intel Core i5-4570S 2.9GHz
Intel Core i5-4690T 2.5GHz
Intel Core i7-975 Quad 3.33GHz Extreme
AMD FX-8320
Possible GPU Upgrades--
GPU VariantsGeForce GTX 760 EVGA 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 760 Zotac 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 760 Gainward 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 760 EVGA SC W/ ACX 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Direct CU II Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Twin Frozr Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Inno3D Edition
GeForce GTX 660 EVGA OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Zotac Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Zotac Synergy Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Galaxy GC Edition
GeForce GTX 660 DA OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Golden Sample Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Direct CU II OC Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Twin Frozr OC Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Gigabyte OC Edition
GeForce GTX 660 MSI OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Palit OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Gigabyte OC 3GB Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Zotac AMP Edition
GeForce GTX 660 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 660 WindForce 2X OC Edition
GeForce GTX 660 EVGA Superclocked Edition
GeForce GTX 660 EVGA SC Signature 2 Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Direct CU II Top Edition
GeForce GTX 660 MSI Hawk 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 660 EVGA FTW Signature 2 Edition
GeForce GTX 660 EVGA FTW Signature 2 3GB Edition