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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti has a GPU core clock speed of 900 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1026 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, which has clock speeds of 822 MHz on the GPU, and 1002 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 384 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti should in theory be much faster 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 will be much (approximately 83%) better at anisotropic filtering 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

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti should be much (more or less 22%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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

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GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 550 Ti GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2011 January 2011
Code Name GF116 GF114
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 822 MHz
Memory Speed 4104 MHz 4008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 170 watts
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 128256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 52608 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 26304 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 384
Texture Mapping Units 32 64
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1170 million 1950 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 largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics 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 Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). 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 potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

Comments

7 Responses to “GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs GeForce GTX 560 Ti”
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