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

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1026 MHz on this specific card. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 750 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 900 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 160 Stream Processors, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti should be 242% quicker than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (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 will be quite a bit (more or less 380%) faster with regards to AF 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

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti should be much (more or less 620%) more effective at AA than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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

GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 550 Ti Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2011 February 2011
Code Name GF116 Caicos
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 750 MHz
Shader Speed 1800 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1026 MHz (4104 MHz effective) 900 MHz (3600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 192 160
Texture Mapping Units 32 8
Render Output Units 24 4
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 64-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 31 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 6000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 3000 Mpixels/sec

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

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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