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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 660 Golden Sample Edition Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 112% 189%
Halo: Reach 33% 8%
Cyberpunk 2077 191% 297%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 112% 189%
Doom Eternal 82% 149%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 191% 297%
Grand Theft Auto VI 224% 342%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 31% 78%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 191% 297%
Need For Speed Heat 112% 189%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Golden Sample Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition.

The GTX 660 has a 106 MHz higher core clock speed and 24 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6870. This results in the GTX 660 providing 30.1 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 106 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6870, but the HD 6870 has 8 more Render Output Units than the GTX 660. As a result, the HD 6870 exhibits a 4.7 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 HD 6870, 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 HD 6870.

The GTX 660 has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 6870, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 660 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 660 has 12.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 6870, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 660 is slightly better than the HD 6870.

The GeForce GTX 660 Golden Sample Edition has 960 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition has 1120. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 660 is 1029 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6870 is 504. The GTX 660 having 525 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 660 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 6870.

The GTX 660 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 6870. This means that the GTX 660 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 6870.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6870, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the GTX 660.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1006 MHzvs900 MHz
Boost Clock1072 MHzvs-
ArchitectureKepler GK106-400-A1Terascale 2 Barts XT
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date01 Oct 2012vs01 Mar 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
9
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7.9
1920x1080
7.1
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6
2560x1440
5.2
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4.3
3840x2160
3.4
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1527 MHzvs1050 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth146.6GB/secvs134.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 384 KB vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units960vs1120
Actual Shader Performance50%vs24%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units80vs56
Texture Rate80.5 GTexel/svs50.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units24vs32
Pixel Rate24.1 GPixel/svs28.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power--
Recommended PSU-500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3470 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 660 Golden Sample Edition is a special edition of GeForce GTX 660.
The new features include overclocking whilst the base-clock was increased from 980MHz to 1046MHz and the boost clock can now reach 1072MHz, instead of 1006MHz. The operating memory clock was increased to 1527MHz, which doesn't necessarily boost its performance.
The overclocking is significant and the performance boost is around 3% when compared to the standard GeForce GTX 660.
Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon HD 6870. See its page for more information about it.
Compared to the Radeon HD 6870, this Special Edition has exactly the same specifications and the only new feature is an improved cooling system which doesn't affect performance directly.
Therefore, the performance is EXACTLY like the standard Radeon HD 6870 and enough to run today's demanding games at maximum settings while Very Demanding games like Metro 2033 or Max Payne 3, will probably require reduced settings to run smoothly.
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