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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti has a GPU core clock speed of 900 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1026 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 192 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1000 MHz on this model. It features 480 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 63 Watts
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
Difference: 53 Watts (84%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti will be 54% quicker than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 34496 (54%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti will be quite a bit (about 50%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM). (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9600 (50%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 6400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 15200 (238%)

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 6670 (OEM)

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

Model GeForce GTX 550 Ti Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2011 February 2011
Code Name GF116 Turks
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed 1800 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1026 MHz (4104 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 192 480
Texture Mapping Units 32 24
Render Output Units 24 8
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 63 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 6400 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video 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 most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

2 Responses to “GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)”
Gamble says:
OFC. Nvidia 550 Ti... but an additional 40-50 $ expense for a good smps to provide it with the required power. Where as Raedon would run smooth with you regular smps
henrique dos reis lima says:
creio eu maior coisa dai é dinheiro eu fico com hd 6770 ela está 250 R$ ela é boa ai gtx 550ti 370 R$ 120 R$ de difrença pra quem que roda no full com hd 6670 da pra roda de boa recomendo hd 6670 ela boa pode ter certeza

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