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GeForce GT 640 DDR3 vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 900 MHz. The DDR3 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1782 MHz on this specific card. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which comes with core speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1026 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 65 Watts
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
Difference: 51 Watts (78%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti should in theory perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 57024 MB/sec
Difference: 41472 (73%)

Texel Rate

Both cards have the exact same texel rate, so in theory they should be equally good at at anisotropic filtering. (explain)

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
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 14400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7200 (50%)

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 GT 640 DDR3

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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

Model GeForce GT 640 DDR3 GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 2012 March 2011
Code Name GK107 GF116
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed 900 MHz 1800 MHz
Memory Speed 1782 MHz (3564 MHz effective) 1026 MHz (4104 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 384 192
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 16 24
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 65 watts 116 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57024 MB/sec 98496 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14400 Mpixels/sec 21600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill 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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