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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon R7 250

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 250, which comes with core clock speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1150 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units 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 will be 34% quicker than the Radeon R7 250 in general, due to its higher 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 will be a small bit (about 20%) more effective at 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 (more or less 170%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon R7 250, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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 largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. 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 also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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