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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs GeForce GTX 560 Ti

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 speed of 1026 MHz on this particular card. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, which comes with a clock speed of 822 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1002 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 170 Watts
Difference: 54 Watts (47%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti should theoretically be much better than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 128256 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
Difference: 29760 (30%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti should be quite a bit (approximately 83%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 52608 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 23808 (83%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is superior to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 26304 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4704 (22%)

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

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GeForce GTX 560 Ti

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 550 Ti GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2011 January 2011
Code Name GF116 GF114
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 822 MHz
Shader Speed 1800 MHz 1645 MHz
Memory Speed 1026 MHz (4104 MHz effective) 1002 MHz (4008 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 192 384
Texture Mapping Units 32 64
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 170 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 128256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 52608 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 26304 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, 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 is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of 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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