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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti features a clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1026 MHz. It also features a 192-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which has a clock frequency of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1500 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1344 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is 46% quicker than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti overall, because of its higher data rate. (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 (approximately 256%) faster with regards to AF 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 using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is the winner, not by a very large margin though. (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

GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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 1026 MHz (4104 MHz effective) 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective)
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 max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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