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GeForce GT 1030 vs Radeon RX 550

Intro

The GeForce GT 1030 features a GPU core speed of 1265 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1502 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is made up of 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 550, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1100 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular card. It features 512 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 1030 30 Watts
Radeon RX 550 50 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (67%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 550 should be 133% quicker than the GeForce GT 1030 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon RX 550 114688 MB/sec
GeForce GT 1030 49152 MB/sec
Difference: 65536 (133%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 will be just a bit (approximately 15%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon RX 550. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 550 35200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5280 (15%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 will be a bit (more or less 15%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 550, and capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 550 17600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2640 (15%)

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 GT 1030

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 550

Amazon.com

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 GT 1030 Radeon RX 550
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2017 April 2017
Code Name GP108-300 Polaris 12
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1265 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 30 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 49152 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40480 Mtexels/sec 35200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20240 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 512
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 64-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 14 nm
Transistors 3300 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GT 1030

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 550

Amazon.com

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.

Comments

2 Responses to “GeForce GT 1030 vs Radeon RX 550”
DD says:

Radeon RX 550 is x8 not x16 and it has a 4GB version with slightly higher TDP of 65w

Pola says:

Hello, i need to know if this graphics card MSI Radeon RX 550 2GB Aero ITX OC supports HDCP 2.2 and play at resolution 3840x2160 60hz and if these cards also MSI Radeon RX 460 2GB OC or MSI GeForce GT 1030 2GB or other and you reccomend me to choose for connecting on 4K UHDTV hdr HDMI v 2.0b HDCP 2.2 compatible mainly for watching movies with mpc-hc in an old pc desktop psu 450 watt, proccessor amd athlon II x4 640 , 4gb ram , i am not interest for games and must have the above i mentioned. Thanks in advance

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