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GeForce GTX 960 vs Radeon RX 550

Intro

The GeForce GTX 960 has clock speeds of 1127 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 550, which comes with clock speeds of 1100 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 512 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units 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

GeForce GTX 960 7627 points
Radeon RX 550 3507 points
Difference: 4120 (117%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 550 50 Watts
GeForce GTX 960 120 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (140%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 550, in theory, should perform just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 960 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 550 114688 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 960 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 2688 (2%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 should be a lot (about 105%) better at AF than the Radeon RX 550. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 550 35200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 36928 (105%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 550 17600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 18464 (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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GeForce GTX 960

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Radeon RX 550

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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 GeForce GTX 960 Radeon RX 550
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2015 April 2017
Code Name GM206 Polaris 12
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1127 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 112000 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 72128 Mtexels/sec 35200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 36064 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1024 512
Texture Mapping Units 64 32
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 2940 million 2200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock 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 processed per second.

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

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GeForce GTX 960

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Radeon RX 550

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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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