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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1026 MHz on this specific card. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which comes with GPU core speed of 915 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1500 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 1344 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 150 Watts
Difference: 34 Watts (29%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti should in theory perform much faster than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 144000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
Difference: 45504 (46%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti will be quite a bit (about 256%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 102480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 73680 (256%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is superior to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, though only just barely. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 21960 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 360 (2%)

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

GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 550 Ti GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2011 August 2012
Code Name GF116 GK104
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 915 MHz
Memory Speed 4104 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 144000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 21960 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 1344
Texture Mapping Units 32 112
Render Output Units 24 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1170 million 3540 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher 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 most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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