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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm vs Radeon RX 550

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm has a clock frequency of 576 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 999 MHz. It also makes use of a 448-bit memory bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 216 SPUs, 72 TAUs, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 550, which has a core clock speed of 1100 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 14 nm design. It features 512 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 550 50 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 171 Watts
Difference: 121 Watts (242%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon RX 550 should in theory be a little bit better than the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 550 114688 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 2800 (3%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm should be a small bit (more or less 18%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon RX 550. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 41472 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 550 35200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6272 (18%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 550 is a better choice, though not by far. (explain)

Radeon RX 550 17600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1472 (9%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm Radeon RX 550
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year December 22, 2008 April 2017
Code Name G200b Polaris 12
Memory 896 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 171 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 35200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 512
Texture Mapping Units 72 32
Render Output Units 28 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 14 nm
Transistors 1400 million 2200 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many 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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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm

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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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