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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 3850 X3 GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Cyberpunk 2077 748% 158%
eFootball PES 2020 281% 16%
The Division 2 843% 187%
Doom Eternal 431% 61%
Metro: Exodus 843% 187%
Borderlands 3 552% 98%
Grand Theft Auto VI 843% 187%
Watch Dogs Legion 552% 98%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 771% 165%
FIFA 20 275% 14%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 3850 X3.

The GTX 660 Ti has a 246 MHz higher core clock speed and 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 3850. This results in the GTX 660 Ti providing 70.4 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 Ti has a 246 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 3850, but the HD 3850 has 24 more Render Output Units than the GTX 660 Ti. As a result, the HD 3850 exhibits a 10.1 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 660 Ti. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 660 Ti was released over three years more recently than the HD 3850, and so the GTX 660 Ti is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 3850 when running the latest games.

The GTX 660 Ti has 512 MB more video memory than the HD 3850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 660 Ti also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 3850 has 19 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 660 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the HD 3850 is slightly better than the GTX 660 Ti.

The Radeon HD 3850 X3 has 960 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 660 Ti has 1344. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 3850 is 642 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 660 Ti is 1317. The GTX 660 Ti having 675 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 660 Ti delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 3850.

The GTX 660 Ti transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 3850. This means that the GTX 660 Ti is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 3850.

The Radeon HD 3850 X3 requires 145 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 660 Ti requires 150 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 660 Ti, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the HD 3850. The GTX 660 Ti requires 5 Watts more than the HD 3850 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 660 Ti to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the HD 3850.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed669 MHzvs915 MHz
Boost Clock-vs980 MHz
ArchitectureRV670 PRO Kepler GK104-300-KD-A2
OC Potential Fair vs Good
Driver Support - vs Good
Release Date10 Apr 2008vs16 Aug 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900 - vs green tick
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1920x1080 - vs green tick
7.6
2560x1440 - vs green tick
5.5
3840x2160 - vs green tick
3.8

GPU Memory

Memory1536 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed850 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus768 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth163.2GB/secvs144.2GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs green tick 384 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units960vs1344
Actual Shader Performance31%vs63%
Technology55nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units48vs112
Texture Rate32.1 GTexel/svs102.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs24
Pixel Rate32.1 GPixel/svs22 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections4vs2
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs1
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power145 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU-450 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX10.1vs12.0
Shader Model4.1vs5.0
Open GL3.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM6 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 3850 X3 (not Crossfire) is a triple-graphics solution of three Radeon HD 3850.
This combination, also known as Radeon HD 3850 Trinity, is expected to offer almost the same performance as Radeon HD 3850 3-Way-Crossfired while consuming slightly less power. However, and just like Crossfire, its performance also relies a lot on proper driver support.
Some of today's modern demanding games might be playable using the high preset but most will require reduced settings. However, DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
Overview
GeForce GTX 660 Ti is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Kepler Architecture.

Architecture
The Kepler Architecture was NVIDIA's big step to power efficiency. Each Stream Multiprocessor (SMX) now hosts 192 Shader Processing Units - against the 48 of older Fermi Architecture, and has been redesigned being now clocked at the same speed of the Central Unit. This means they are more energy efficient and will consequently lead to cooler operating temperatures. However, it also means they are weaker. It can be said that one Fermi SMX is as fast as 2 Kepler SMXs.
Additionally, and not available in all GPUs, Kepler also introduced the Boost Clock Feature. The Boost Clock is an even higher Clock Speed activated when in gaming mode and becomes the effective speed of the GPU. GPU
It equips a GPU GK104-300-KD-A2 which has 7 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 1344 Shader Processing Units, 112 TMUs and 24 ROPs. The Central Unit is initially clocked at 915MHz and goes up to 980MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 192-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1502MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 150W, it requires at least a 450W PSU with two available 6-pin connectors.

Performance
At 1920x1080, the best suited resolution for GeForce GTX 660 Ti, benchmarks indicate its performance is a little over the older GeForce GTX 580.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 660 Ti is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPUAMD Athlon II X2 245e
AMD Opteron 8224 SE
AMD Opteron 8346 HE
Intel Celeron E3500 Dual-Core 2.7GHz
Intel Pentium Dual Core E6500K 2.93GHz
Intel Core i7-4785T 4-Core 2.2GHz
Intel Xeon E5-2407 v2
Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz
Intel Core i5-4670S 3.1GHz
Intel Xeon Processor W3670
Possible GPU UpgradesTesla C2075
GeForce GTX 560 SE (OEM)
GeForce GTX 555 (OEM)
Radeon HD 7770 Gigabyte OC rev. 2.0 Edition
Radeon R7 250X Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition
Radeon R9 390X Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390X Club3D royalQueen OC 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390X XFX Double Dissipation 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU II 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390X Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB Edition
GPU Variants-GeForce GTX 660 Ti KFA² EX OC 3GB Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Ti KFA² EX OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Ti MSI Gaming OC Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Ti Asus Dragon DirectCU II TOP 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Ti Zotac AMP Extreme Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Ti Colorful iGame ARES X 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI

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