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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 frequency at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1026 MHz on this particular card. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which comes with GPU clock speed of 915 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1500 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 1344 Stream Processors, 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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should be quite a bit 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 is quite a bit (approximately 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

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti is a small bit (about 2%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, and will 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
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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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