Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 vs GTX 660 Comparison Review

In this article, you will find our GTX 1050 vs GTX 660 graphics cards comparison to help you make the best choice you can between the two.

The GTX 660 is a much older card being released in 2012 while the GTX 1050 was released in 2016, that is a 4-year difference which is very significant in choosing graphics cards. They are based on different architectures; the 1050 is based on the newer Pascal architecture and the 660 on the Kepler architecture. Read on and find out how they perform compared to each other.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050

The GTX 1050 is a desktop lower tier graphics card released by Nvidia in October 2016. It is based on the newer and energy efficient Pascal architecture. It is built on the GP107 chip using the 14 nm FinFET manufacturing process.

The card features 640 CUDA cores, which is less than the GTX 660 GPU. It runs at a core clock speed of 1290 MHz with a boost clock of 1392 MHz. It also has 32 render output units and 40 texture mapping units.

The GTX 1050 features a 2 GB GDDR5 memory configuration which runs at 7008 MHz through a 128-bit bus interface. The total memory bandwidth of the GTX 1050 is 112 GB/s. The GPU supports DirectX 12.0 (12_1) and OpenGL 4.5. the GPU is rated at 75 Watt TDP and its recommended for use with a 300 Wat PSU.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 660

The GTX 660 is a mid-range gaming GPU based on the Kepler architecture. Nvidia released it on 6th September 2012, that is four years before the GTX 1050 was released. It is built on the GK106 chip and is manufactured using the 28 nm process technology.

The card features 960 shader units (220 more than the GTX 1050). It has 24 render output units and 80 texture mapping units which is twice the 1050’s TMUs. The GPU runs at a core clock speed of 980 MHz which can be boosted up to 1033 MHz. It features a 2 GB GDDR5 memory running at 6000 MHz through a 192-bit bus interface, the resulting bandwidth is 144.2 GB/s.

The graphics card supports DirectX 12.0 (11_0) and OpenGL 4.3 APIs. It has 2 DVI, 1 HDMI and 1 DisplayPort display connectors and supports up to 4 displays. The GPU power consumption is rated at 140 Watt TDP.

Benchmark comparison

Our GTX 1050 vs GTX 660 benchmark results show that the GTX 1050 performs slightly better than the GTX 660. In synthetic benchmarks by the UserBenchmark, the GTX 1050 performs marginally better than the 660 in the Parallax benchmark with 101 fps vs 98.3 fps. The 1050 has 13% faster multi-rendering in the MRender test and 12% faster NBody calculation in the Gravity test. The 1050 also performs 13% better than the GTX 660 in the PassMark benchmark.

In the gaming benchmarks, the GTX 1050 averages at 115 fps in CS GO at 1080P, maximum settings against the 660’s 105 fps. In Fortnite, the GTX 660 is the recommended GPU, and it provides 50 fps which is slightly lower than the 53 fps averaged by the GTX 1050. The 1050 provides an average of 38 fps in GTA V slightly above the 38 fps for the GTX 660.

Verdict

There is only a slight difference in performance between the two GPUs with the GTX 1050 being the more powerful card. The GTX 1050 is also less power hungry than the 660 (75 W vs 140 W).

Based on performance only, the difference is not enough to warrant an upgrade. That is all for our GTX 1050 vs GTX 660 comparison. Feel free to ask any question in the comment section.