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Radeon HD 5550 vs Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)

Intro

The Radeon HD 5550 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 550 MHz. The DDR2 RAM works at a frequency of 400 MHz on this specific model. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM), which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 625 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 800 MHz on this specific model. It features 160 SPUs as well as 8 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same bandwidth, so theoretically they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5550 is a lot (more or less 76%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM). (explain)

Radeon HD 5550 8800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 5000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3800 (76%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5550 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 5550 4400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 2500 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1900 (76%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Radeon HD 5550

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Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 5550 Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 9, 2010 February 2011
Code Name Redwood LE Caicos
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 5000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 2500 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) 160
Texture Mapping Units 16 8
Render Output Units 8 4
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 627 million 370 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 5550

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Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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