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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs GeForce GTX 580 3GB

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The GeForce GTX 550 Ti features a clock speed of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1026 MHz. It also features a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 580 3GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 772 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1002 MHz on this particular card. It features 512 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

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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

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 580 3GB should perform much 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 much (more or less 72%) more effective at texture 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

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB should be a lot (approximately 72%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (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
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 4104 MHz 4008 MHz
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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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