AMD Radeon 540X vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
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  • Interface MXM-B (3.0)
  • Core clock speed 835 MHz
  • Max video memory 2048 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 2000
  • Maximum resolution
AMD Radeon 540X
Radeon 540X
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x8
  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory 2048 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 6000
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 421$
Games supported 62%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating603584
Value for money0.484.15
ArchitectureKepler (2012−2018)GCN 4.0 (2016−2020)
GPU code nameN13E-GELexa
Market segmentLaptopLaptop
Release date22 March 2012
(10 years old)
12 August 2019
(3 years old)
Current price$276 $421
Value for money

To calculate the index we compare the characteristics of graphics cards against their prices.

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores384512
CUDA cores384no data
Core clock speed835 MHzno data
Boost clock speed950 MHz1219 MHz
Number of transistors1,270 million2,200 million
Manufacturing process technology28 nm14 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)50 Watt50 Watt
Texture fill rate30.4 billion/sec33.47
Floating-point performance729.6 gflopsno data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 660M and Radeon 540X compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop sizelargeno data
Bus supportPCI Express 2.0, PCI Express 3.0no data
InterfaceMXM-B (3.0)PCIe 3.0 x8
Supplementary power connectorsno dataNone
SLI options+no data

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2 GB2 GB
Memory bus width128bit64 Bit
Memory clock speed2000 MHz6000 MHz
Memory bandwidth64.0 GB/s112.0 GB/s
Shared memory--

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display ConnectorsNo outputs1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
HDMI++
HDCP+no data
Maximum VGA resolutionUp to 2048x1536no data

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

Optimus+no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 API12 (12_0)
Shader Model5.16.4
OpenGL4.54.6
OpenCL1.12.0
Vulkan1.1.1261.2.131
CUDA+no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 660M 3.66
Radeon 540X 3.88
+6%
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

GTX 660M 1439
Radeon 540X 1524
+5.9%

Radeon 540X outperforms GeForce GTX 660M by 6% in Passmark.

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

GTX 660M 10971
Radeon 540X 11545
+5.2%

Radeon 540X outperforms GeForce GTX 660M by 5% in 3DMark Vantage Performance.

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

GTX 660M 2369
Radeon 540X 4097
+72.9%

Radeon 540X outperforms GeForce GTX 660M by 73% in 3DMark 11 Performance GPU.

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 660M 12861
Radeon 540X 15167
+17.9%

Radeon 540X outperforms GeForce GTX 660M by 18% in 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU.

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 660M 1703
Radeon 540X 2435
+43%

Radeon 540X outperforms GeForce GTX 660M by 43% in 3DMark Fire Strike Score.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 660M 1751
Radeon 540X 2779
+58.7%

Radeon 540X outperforms GeForce GTX 660M by 59% in 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics.

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 660M and Radeon 540X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 36 Mh/s no data

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

900p30no data
Full HD35
+59.1%
22
−59.1%
1200p38no data

Popular games

  • Full HD
    Low Preset
  • Full HD
    Medium Preset
  • Full HD
    High Preset
  • Full HD
    Ultra Preset
  • 1440p
    High Preset
  • 1440p
    Ultra Preset
  • 4K
    High Preset
  • 4K
    Ultra Preset
Cyberpunk 2077 8−9
+0%
8−9
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 6−7
−167%
16
+167%
Battlefield 5 9−10
−189%
26
+189%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 12−14
−69.2%
22
+69.2%
Cyberpunk 2077 8−9
+0%
8−9
+0%
Far Cry 5 5−6
−20%
6−7
+20%
Far Cry New Dawn 6−7
−167%
16
+167%
Forza Horizon 4 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Hitman 3 4−5
−325%
17
+325%
Horizon Zero Dawn 2−3
−450%
11
+450%
Red Dead Redemption 2 7−8
+0%
7−8
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10−11
−50%
15
+50%
Watch Dogs: Legion 3−4
−333%
13
+333%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 6−7
−100%
12
+100%
Battlefield 5 9−10
−122%
20
+122%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 12−14
+44.4%
9
−44.4%
Cyberpunk 2077 8−9
+0%
8−9
+0%
Far Cry 5 5−6
−20%
6−7
+20%
Far Cry New Dawn 6−7
−150%
15
+150%
Forza Horizon 4 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Hitman 3 4−5
−75%
7
+75%
Horizon Zero Dawn 2−3
−50%
3−4
+50%
Metro Exodus 5−6
−20%
6
+20%
Red Dead Redemption 2 7−8
+0%
7−8
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10−11
−20%
12
+20%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 7−8
−129%
16
+129%
Watch Dogs: Legion 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 6−7
−16.7%
7−8
+16.7%
Battlefield 5 9−10
−100%
18
+100%
Cyberpunk 2077 8−9
+0%
8−9
+0%
Far Cry 5 5−6
−20%
6−7
+20%
Far Cry New Dawn 6−7
−133%
14
+133%
Forza Horizon 4 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 7−8
−42.9%
10
+42.9%
Watch Dogs: Legion 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 7−8
+0%
7−8
+0%
Hitman 3 3−4
−33.3%
4−5
+33.3%
Horizon Zero Dawn 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Metro Exodus 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 7−8
+0%
7−8
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 0−1 1−2
Cyberpunk 2077 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Far Cry 5 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Far Cry New Dawn 3−4
−33.3%
4−5
+33.3%
Forza Horizon 4 3−4
−33.3%
4−5
+33.3%
Watch Dogs: Legion 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Hitman 3 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Horizon Zero Dawn 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
Cyberpunk 2077 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Far Cry 5 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Far Cry New Dawn 7−8
−14.3%
8−9
+14.3%
Forza Horizon 4 3−4
−33.3%
4−5
+33.3%
Watch Dogs: Legion 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 3.66 3.88
Recency 22 March 2012 12 August 2019
Memory bus width 128 64
Pipelines / CUDA cores 384 512
Memory bandwidth 64 112
Chip lithography 28 nm 14 nm

Technical City couldn't decide between

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
GeForce GTX 660M

and

AMD Radeon 540X
Radeon 540X

The differences in performance seem too small.


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Competitors of GeForce GTX 660M by AMD

The nearest GeForce GTX 660M's AMD equivalent is Radeon R9 M370X, which is faster by 1% and higher by 2 positions in our performance rating.

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Competitors of Radeon 540X by NVIDIA

According to our data, the nearest equivalent to Radeon 540X by NVIDIA is GeForce 9800M GTS SLI, which is slower by 1% and lower by 3 positions in our rating.

NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS SLI GeForce 9800M GTS SLI
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