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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs GeForce GTX 580 3GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti comes with a GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1026 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 192 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 580 3GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 772 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1002 MHz on this specific card. It features 512 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 244 Watts
Difference: 128 Watts (110%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 580 3GB should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 192384 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
Difference: 93888 (95%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB is quite a bit (approximately 72%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 49408 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20608 (72%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 580 3GB is superior to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 580 3GB 37056 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 15456 (72%)

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

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 580 3GB

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 GTX 550 Ti GeForce GTX 580 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2011 November 2010
Code Name GF116 GF110
Memory 1024 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 772 MHz
Memory Speed 4104 MHz 4008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 244 watts
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 192384 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 49408 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 37056 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 512
Texture Mapping Units 32 64
Render Output Units 24 48
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1170 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of 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 ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka 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, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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