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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 6670 (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 works at a speed of 1026 MHz on this model. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which has core clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 480 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 63 Watts
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
Difference: 53 Watts (84%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti should in theory be a lot superior to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 34496 (54%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti is much (approximately 50%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9600 (50%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution 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) 1GB 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

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Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 550 Ti Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB
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 1024 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 information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once 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, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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