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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7730 v2 XFX Core 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 660 MSI Hawk 2GB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 723% 102%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 723% 102%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 669% 89%
Cyberpunk 2077 1031% 178%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1031% 178%
Borderlands 3 769% 114%
The Outer Worlds 654% 85%
FIFA 20 338% 8%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 277% 7%
eFootball PES 2020 462% 38%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 MSI Hawk 2GB Edition are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 7730 v2 XFX Core 4GB Edition.

The GTX 660 has a 285 MHz higher core clock speed and 56 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 7730. This results in the GTX 660 providing 67.6 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 285 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the HD 7730. This results in the GTX 660 providing 19.6 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 HD 7730 was released less than a year after the GTX 660, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The HD 7730 has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 660, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the GTX 660 has superior memory performance.

The GTX 660 has 123.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7730, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 660 is massively better than the HD 7730.

The Radeon HD 7730 v2 XFX Core 4GB Edition has 384 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 660 MSI Hawk 2GB Edition has 960. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7730 is 261 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 660 is 1104. The GTX 660 having 843 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 HD 7730.

The Radeon HD 7730 v2 XFX Core 4GB Edition requires 47 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 660 MSI Hawk 2GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the HD 7730.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed800 MHzvs1085 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1150 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Cape Verde LEKepler GK106-400-A1
OC Potential Good vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs Good
Release Date11 Jul 2013vs01 Oct 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed650 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth20.8GB/secvs144.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 384 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units384vs960
Actual Shader Performance13%vs53%
Texture Mapping Units24vs80
Texture Rate19.2 GTexel/svs86.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs24
Pixel Rate6.4 GPixel/svs26 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power47 Watts-
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 29 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-3210 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 7730 v2 XFX Core 4GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's Middle-Class Radeon HD 7730 v2, created by XFX.

Overclock: Central Unit

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating was reduced from 900MHz to 650MHz.

Frame Buffer
The Frame Buffer was doubled to 4GB.
However, because the GPU itself is too weak to work under other circumstances in which 4GB of Memory are needed - such as 4K Gaming, a Larger Frame Buffer is mostly a Gimmick.

Cooling Solution

Benchmarks indicate no performance over the reference Radeon HD 7730 v2.
GeForce 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.
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