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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs GeForce GTX 580 3GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1026 MHz on this particular model. It features 192 SPUs as well as 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 speed at 772 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1002 MHz on this particular model. It features 512 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB should in theory perform a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti in general. (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 should be a lot (approximately 72%) better 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 running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 580 3GB is a better choice, by a large margin. (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

GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 580 3GB

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 550 Ti GeForce GTX 580 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2011 November 2010
Code Name GF116 GF110
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe x16
Memory 1024 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 772 MHz
Shader Speed 1800 MHz 1544 MHz
Memory Speed 1026 MHz (4104 MHz effective) 1002 MHz (4008 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 192 512
Texture Mapping Units 32 64
Render Output Units 24 48
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 384-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 244 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 192384 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 49408 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 37056 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once 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 AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few 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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