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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which features a clock speed of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1500 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1344 SPUs, 112 TAUs, 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 theoretically be quite a bit faster than 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 is quite a bit (more or less 256%) more effective at 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

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti should be a bit (approximately 2%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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 megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

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

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