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GeForce 930M vs Radeon HD 4550 256MB

Intro

The GeForce 930M makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 928 MHz. The DDR3 RAM works at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 4550 256MB, which comes with core speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 256 MB of DDR3 RAM. It features 80(16x5) SPUs along with 8 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 930M is 13% faster than the Radeon HD 4550 256MB overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce 930M 14400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4550 256MB 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 1600 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 930M is a lot (approximately 364%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4550 256MB. (explain)

GeForce 930M 22272 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4550 256MB 4800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 17472 (364%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 930M is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 930M 7424 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4550 256MB 2400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5024 (209%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 930M Radeon HD 4550 256MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 12 2015 Sep 30, 2008
Code Name GM108 RV710
Memory 2048 MB 256 MB
Core Speed 928 MHz 600 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts 25 watts
Bandwidth 14400 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 22272 Mtexels/sec 4800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 7424 Mpixels/sec 2400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 80(16x5)
Texture Mapping Units 24 8
Render Output Units 8 4
Bus Type DDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 55 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 242 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 930M

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Radeon HD 4550 256MB

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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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