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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs GeForce GTX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1026 MHz on this particular card. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 560, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 810 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1001 MHz on this specific card. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
GeForce GTX 560 150 Watts
Difference: 34 Watts (29%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 560 should theoretically perform much faster than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 128128 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
Difference: 29632 (30%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 will be a lot (approximately 58%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 45360 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16560 (58%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 is just a bit (approximately 20%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 25920 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4320 (20%)

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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GeForce GTX 560

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 550 Ti GeForce GTX 560
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2011 May 2011
Code Name GF116 GF114
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 810 MHz
Shader Speed 1800 MHz 1600 MHz
Memory Speed 1026 MHz (4104 MHz effective) 1001 MHz (4004 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 192 336
Texture Mapping Units 32 56
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 150 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 128128 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 45360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 25920 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed per 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 video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

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

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One Response to “GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs GeForce GTX 560”
[...] Re: Looking for a new computer The 560 has higher memory bandwidth, and all the additional CUDA cores, so it'll be a fair bit faster overall than the 550ti. GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs GeForce GTX 560 – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare [...]

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