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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti has a GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1026 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

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

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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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the Radeon HD 7770 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 is much (more or less 39%) better at texture filtering 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

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti will be quite a bit (about 35%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 7770, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (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
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 4104 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 640
Texture Mapping Units 32 40
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1170 million 1500 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

Comments

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