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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti has clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1026 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 192 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of 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 RAM. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

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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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should in theory be a lot superior to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti in general. (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 a lot (about 256%) more effective at anisotropic 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

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti is a small bit (more or less 2%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions better. (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

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 GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2011 August 2012
Code Name GF116 GK104
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 915 MHz
Shader Speed 1800 MHz 915 MHz
Memory Speed 4104 MHz 6000 MHz
Unified Shaders 192 1344
Texture Mapping Units 32 112
Render Output Units 24 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 150 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 144000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 21960 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, 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 the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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