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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon R7 250

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1026 MHz on this model. It features 192 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R7 250, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1150 MHz on this particular card. It features 384 SPUs as well as 24 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is 34% quicker than the Radeon R7 250 in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (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 bit (approximately 20%) better at anisotropic filtering 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 should be a lot (more or less 170%) better at FSAA than the Radeon R7 250, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (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

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

Model GeForce GTX 550 Ti Radeon R7 250
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2011 October 2013
Code Name GF116 Oland XT
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed 1800 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1026 MHz (4104 MHz effective) 1150 MHz (4600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 192 384
Texture Mapping Units 32 24
Render Output Units 24 8
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 65 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 73600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 8000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

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

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