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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs GeForce GTX 580 3GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti comes with a clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1026 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 192 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 580 3GB, which comes with a core clock frequency of 772 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1002 MHz. It also makes use of a 384-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 512 SPUs, 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 speaking, the GeForce GTX 580 3GB should perform much faster than 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 will be much (about 72%) better at AF 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 lots of anti-aliasing 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

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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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. 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 is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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