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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 660 MSI OC 2GB Edition FireStream 9170
Cyberpunk 2077 186% 1121%
Control 264% 1457%
eFootball PES 2020 42% 506%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 186% 1121%
Grand Theft Auto VI 218% 1258%
Borderlands 3 120% 839%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 193% 1154%
Red Dead Redemption 2 186% 1121%
FIFA 20 11% 373%
F1 2019 137% 913%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 MSI OC 2GB Edition are massively better than the AMD FireStream 9170.

The GTX 660 has a 206 MHz higher core clock speed and 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the FireStream 9170. This results in the GTX 660 providing 67.7 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 206 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the FireStream 9170. This results in the GTX 660 providing 11.3 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. 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 three years more recently than the FireStream 9170, and so the GTX 660 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the FireStream 9170 when running the latest games.

The GeForce GTX 660 MSI OC 2GB Edition and the FireStream 9170 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 660 has 93 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the FireStream 9170, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 660 is massively better than the FireStream 9170.

The GeForce GTX 660 MSI OC 2GB Edition has 960 Shader Processing Units and the FireStream 9170 has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 660 is 1029 and the actual shader performance of the FireStream 9170 is 256. The GTX 660 having 773 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 660 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the FireStream 9170.

The GTX 660 transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the FireStream 9170. This means that the GTX 660 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the FireStream 9170.

The FireStream 9170 requires 105 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GTX 660. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the FireStream 9170, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the GTX 660.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1006 MHzvs800 MHz
Boost Clock1072 MHzvs-
ArchitectureKepler GK106-400-A1RV670
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs -
Release Date01 Oct 2012vs08 Nov 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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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 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth144.2GB/secvs51.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 384 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units960vs320
Actual Shader Performance50%vs12%
Technology28nmvs55nm
Texture Mapping Units80vs16
Texture Rate80.5 GTexel/svs12.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units24vs16
Pixel Rate24.1 GPixel/svs12.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-105 Watts
Recommended PSU-500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs10.1
Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.5vs3.0
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz-
Recommended RAM8 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 660 MSI OC 2GB Edition is a special edition of GeForce GTX 660.
The new features include the Propeller Blade Technology solution which generates 20% more airflow than traditional fan design, according to MSI.
In terms of overclocking, the base-clock was increased from 980MHz to 1006MHz and the boost clock can now reach 1072MHz, instead of 1033MHz. The memory clock was left untouched.
The overclocking is therefore somewhat significant and the performance boost is around 5% when compared to the standard GeForce GTX 660.
AMD FireStream stream processors deliver all of the parallel processing power of the GPU to compute-intensive applications for scientists, engineers and consumers. Using up to 500 GFLOPS developers can dramatically increase the performance of their data parallel task applications.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz
AMD Phenom II X4 840T
Intel Core i3-3245 3.4GHz
AMD APU A8-5600K Quad-Core
Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz
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Possible GPU UpgradesGeForce GTX 660 Twin Frozr OC Edition SLI
GeForce GTX 780
Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition
Quadro M4000
GeForce GTX 950 2GB SLI
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