In this GeForce GTX 1050 Ti vs GTX 660 review, we look at the older Kepler based GTX 660 and the newer Pascal based GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards. The older Kepler architecture was Nvidia’s first significant step to power efficient GPUs and it also introduced the speed clock boost feature that is activated when in gaming mode.
These features were refined in the Maxwell generation and now the Pascal architecture aims for twice as much performance as the Maxwell GPUs. Find out how the older GPU holds today and which is the better card for you.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
The GTX 1050 Ti is one of Nvidia’s 10 series lower end graphics card. It was released on 25th October, the same day as the GTX 1050 version. Made in the finer 14-nanometer process compared to the GTX 660 using Pascal architecture. It is based on the GP107-400 chip.
The GTX 1050 Ti is equipped with 768 shader processing units, 32 render output units and 48 texture mapping units. The GPU operates at a base frequency of 1290 MHz which can go up to 1392 MHz when the boost clock is triggered. The card has a max of 4 GD GDDR5 memory accessed through the 128-bit interface. The memory clock operates at a speed of 7000 MHz.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
The GTX 660 is a performance GPU that was released by Nvidia in September 2012. It is based on the Kepler architecture and is manufactured using the 28-nanometer process. It is built on the GK106 chip with five stream multiprocessor activated.
The GTX 660 is stacked with 960 CUDA cores, 80 TMUs and 24 render output units. The graphics card has a base clock frequency of 980 MHz which can be boosted to reach up to 1033 MHz. It has a standard 2 gigabits GDDR5 type memory accessed through a 192-bit memory interface. The memory runs at 6000 MHz and has a resulting bandwidth of 144.2 GB/s.
The GPU is rated at 140 Watt TDP and requires a 450-watt power supply unit (PSU). Both the GTX 1050 Ti and the GTX 66 support Direct X and OpenGL APIs. The 660 supports OpenGL version 4.3 and DirectX 12 version (11_0) APIs; the 1050 Ti supports DirectX 12 (12_1) and OpenGL 4.6.
Benchmark results comparison
In our GTX 1050 Ti vs GTX 660 benchmarks, we found that the GTX 1050 Ti is more superior in both the synthetic tests and gaming tests. Stated in the synthetic benchmarks by TechnicalCity, the 1050 Ti scored 50.6% higher than the 660 in the 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics benchmark. And it is 45.4% better in the PassMark benchmark.
In the gaming benchmarks by UserBenchmark, the GTX 1050 Ti provided an average of 36% better fps than the GTX 660. With GTA V at max settings in 1080p resolution, the 1050 Ti provided an average of 43 fps compared to the 660 that averaged at 37 fps. In Overwatch, the Ti provided 75 fps vs 49 fps by the 660. The 1050 Ti averaged at 103 fps in DOTA 2 compared to the 72 fps average by the GTX 660
The gaming performance of the 1050 Ti is significantly better than the GTX 660. It is also more power efficient than the GTX 660 (75 vs 140 watts). The GTX 1050 Ti is, therefore, the better card to go with if you plan on gaming at 1080p and saving power.
That is all for our GTX 1050 Ti vs GTX 660 comparison. If you have a question regarding this topic, ask in the comments and we will answer