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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs GeForce GTX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti has a core clock speed of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1026 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 560, which features a core clock frequency of 810 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1001 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 336 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

(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 be much faster than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti overall. (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 quite a bit (about 58%) more effective at 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 should be a small bit (about 20%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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

Amazon.com

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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 maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must 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, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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[...] 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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