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Radeon HD 5550 vs Radeon R5 M230

Intro

The Radeon HD 5550 features core clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 memory. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R5 M230, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 780 MHz, and 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM set to run at 1000 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 320 Stream Processors, 20 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R5 M230 should perform a lot faster than 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 much (approximately 77%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 5550. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5550 is a better choice, by a large margin. (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 maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high 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 number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the 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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