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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 660 MSI Hawk 2GB Edition Quadro Plex 7000
Red Dead Redemption 2 102% 92%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 102% 92%
Cyberpunk 2077 178% 163%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 7% 12%
Need For Speed Heat 102% 92%
The Outer Worlds 68% 59%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 178% 163%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 89% 79%
Borderlands 3 114% 102%
FIFA 20 8% 2%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia Quadro Plex 7000 are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 MSI Hawk 2GB Edition.

The GTX 660 has a 511 MHz higher core clock speed but 48 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the Quadro Plex 7000. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 660 manages to provide 13.3 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 660 has a 511 MHz higher core clock speed than the Quadro Plex 7000, but the Quadro Plex 7000 has 72 more Render Output Units than the GTX 660. As a result, the Quadro Plex 7000 exhibits a 29.1 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 660. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 660 was released over a year more recently than the Quadro Plex 7000, and so the GTX 660 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Quadro Plex 7000.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The Quadro Plex 7000 has 10240 MB more video memory than the GTX 660, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Quadro Plex 7000 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Quadro Plex 7000 has 143.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 660, which means that the memory performance of the Quadro Plex 7000 is massively better than the GTX 660.

The GeForce GTX 660 MSI Hawk 2GB Edition has 960 Shader Processing Units and the Quadro Plex 7000 has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 660 is 1104 and the actual shader performance of the Quadro Plex 7000 is 1176. The Quadro Plex 7000 having 72 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Quadro Plex 7000 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 660.

The GTX 660 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro Plex 7000. This means that the GTX 660 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro Plex 7000.

The Quadro Plex 7000 requires 600 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GTX 660. We would recommend a PSU with at least 900 Watts for the Quadro Plex 7000, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the GTX 660.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1085 MHzvs574 MHz
Boost Clock1150 MHzvs-
ArchitectureKepler GK106-400-A1Fermi GF100 (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date01 Oct 2012vs25 Jul 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
9.2
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1920x1080
7.3
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2560x1440
5.3
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3840x2160
3.6
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs12288 MB
Memory Speed1502 MHzvs750 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth144.2GB/secvs288GB/sec
L2 Cache 384 KB vs green tick 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units960vs1024
Actual Shader Performance53%vs57%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units80vs128
Texture Rate86.8 GTexel/svs73.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units24vs96
Pixel Rate26 GPixel/svs55.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs4
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-600 Watts
Recommended PSU-900 Watts & 60 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3470 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 660 MSI Hawk 2GB Edition a special edition of GeForce GTX 660.
The new features include the Twin Frozr III Thermal Design cooling solution which, according to MSI, generates 20% more airflow than traditional fan design.
In terms of overclocking, the base-clock was increased from 980MHz to 1085MHz and the boost clock can now reach 1150MHz, instead of 1033MHz. The memory clock was left untouched.
The overclocking is therefore extreme and the performance boost is around 8% when compared to the standard GeForce GTX 660.
Quadro Plex 7000 is an enthusiast professional card based on the 40nm, Fermi architecture.

It's based on 2 Fermi GF100 GPUs and thus offers 1024 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 96 ROPs, on a 768-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 574MHz and the memory clock operates at up to 750MHz. It has a L2 Cache of 1536KB and a rated board TDP of 600 Watts.

Despite exhibiting similarities to GeForce GTX 590, due to being under-clocked and because Quadro Plex 7000's drivers are only certified for professional applications only, its gaming performance is up to 10% slower than GeForce GTX 590.
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