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Radeon HD 5550 vs Radeon R7 M360

Intro

The Radeon HD 5550 has core speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R7 M360, which has GPU core speed of 1125 MHz, and 2048 MB of DDR3 memory running at 1000 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is comprised of 384 Stream Processors, 24 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R7 M360, in theory, should perform quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 5550 overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 16000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5550 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M360 should be a lot (approximately 207%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 5550. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 27000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5550 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18200 (207%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 M360 is superior to the Radeon HD 5550, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 9000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5550 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4600 (105%)

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 R7 M360

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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 R7 M360
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 9, 2010 2015
Code Name Redwood LE Oland
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 1125 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 27000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 9000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) 384
Texture Mapping Units 16 24
Render Output Units 8 8
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 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better 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 most pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 5550

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Radeon R7 M360

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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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