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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs GeForce GTX 960

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti has core clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1026 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 960, which features GPU clock speed of 1127 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 1024 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 960 7627 points
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1897 points
Difference: 5730 (302%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
GeForce GTX 960 120 Watts
Difference: 4 Watts (3%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 960 should in theory be a little bit better than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 112000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
Difference: 13504 (14%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 is much (approximately 150%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 43328 (150%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 will be a lot (more or less 67%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14464 (67%)

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

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 550 Ti GeForce GTX 960
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2011 January 2015
Code Name GF116 GM206
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 1127 MHz
Memory Speed 4104 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 72128 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 36064 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 1024
Texture Mapping Units 32 64
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1170 million 2940 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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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.

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