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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti features a clock speed of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1026 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 192 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), which has a clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 480 SPUs, 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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti should in theory be a lot better than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) in general. (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 is a lot (about 50%) better at anisotropic filtering 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, and very much so. (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 largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum 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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