Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti
IntroThe GeForce GTX 550 Ti features a GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1026 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.
Compare that to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which comes with clock speeds of 915 MHz on the GPU, and 1500 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 TAUs and 24 ROPs.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 Ti should be quite a bit (approximately 256%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is the winner, though not by far. (explain)
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.
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Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record 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 card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.