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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti features core speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1026 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 7770, which has core clock speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1125 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7770 80 Watts
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
Difference: 36 Watts (45%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti should theoretically perform much faster than the Radeon HD 7770 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
Difference: 26496 (37%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 should be quite a bit (approximately 39%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11200 (39%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is superior to the Radeon HD 7770, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5600 (35%)

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

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GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7770

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

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Model GeForce GTX 550 Ti Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2011 February 2012
Code Name GF116 Cape Verde XT
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed 1800 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 4104 MHz 4500 MHz
Unified Shaders 192 640
Texture Mapping Units 32 40
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 80 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends 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.

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