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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1026 MHz on this specific model. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 560, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1175 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 7000 MHz on this particular model. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 560 80 Watts
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
Difference: 36 Watts (45%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 560, in theory, should be just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
Difference: 16192 (16%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 should be quite a bit (approximately 161%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 46400 (161%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is superior to the Radeon RX 560, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2800 (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 GTX 550 Ti

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 550 Ti Radeon RX 560
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2011 May 2017
Code Name GF116 Baffin
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 1175 MHz
Memory Speed 4104 MHz 28000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 75200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 18800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 1024
Texture Mapping Units 32 64
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 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core 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 fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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Radeon RX 560

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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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