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Radeon HD 5550 vs Radeon R5 M230

Intro

The Radeon HD 5550 comes with a core clock speed of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 400 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R5 M230, which has core clock speeds of 780 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 320 SPUs along with 20 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon R5 M230 should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the Radeon HD 5550 in general. (explain)

Radeon R5 M230 16000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5550 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R5 M230 will be quite a bit (more or less 77%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 5550. (explain)

Radeon R5 M230 15600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5550 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6800 (77%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5550 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 5550 4400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R5 M230 3120 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1280 (41%)

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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Radeon HD 5550

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Radeon R5 M230

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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.

Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 5550 Radeon R5 M230
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 9, 2010 2014
Code Name Redwood LE Jet Pro
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 780 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 3120 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) 320
Texture Mapping Units 16 20
Render Output Units 8 4
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 627 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x8
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out 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 filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 5550

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Radeon R5 M230

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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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