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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1026 MHz on this card. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, which features a core clock speed of 750 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also features a 64-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 160 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 31 Watts
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
Difference: 85 Watts (274%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti will be 242% faster than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 69696 (242%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti should be quite a bit (about 380%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 6000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22800 (380%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is superior to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 3000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 18600 (620%)

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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GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB

Amazon.com

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 GeForce GTX 550 Ti Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2011 February 2011
Code Name GF116 Caicos
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 4104 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 6000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 3000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 160
Texture Mapping Units 32 8
Render Output Units 24 4
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1170 million 370 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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