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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon RX 460

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti comes with a clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1026 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 192 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 460, which comes with clock speeds of 1090 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 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

Radeon RX 460 5600 points
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1910 points
Difference: 3690 (193%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 460 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
Difference: 41 Watts (55%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon RX 460 should in theory be a little bit superior to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 112000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
Difference: 13504 (14%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 is a lot (about 112%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 61040 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 32240 (112%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 460 17440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4160 (24%)

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.

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GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 550 Ti Radeon RX 460
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2011 August 2016
Code Name GF116 Polaris 11
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 4104 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 896
Texture Mapping Units 32 56
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 14 nm
Transistors 1170 million 3000 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 max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number 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 fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably 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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