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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon R7 250

Intro

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

Compare all that to the Radeon R7 250, which comes with a core clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1150 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 384 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 250 65 Watts
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
Difference: 51 Watts (78%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti, in theory, should perform a lot faster than the Radeon R7 250 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
Radeon R7 250 73600 MB/sec
Difference: 24896 (34%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti should be a small bit (approximately 20%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon R7 250. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 250 24000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4800 (20%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti will be a lot (about 170%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R7 250, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 250 8000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13600 (170%)

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

Radeon R7 250

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 Radeon R7 250
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2011 October 2013
Code Name GF116 Oland XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 4104 MHz 4600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 73600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 8000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 384
Texture Mapping Units 32 24
Render Output Units 24 8
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1170 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of 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 output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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