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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 822 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1002 MHz on this specific model. It features 384 SPUs along with 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, in theory, should perform 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 is quite a bit (approximately 83%) more effective at texture 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

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is superior to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, by a large margin. (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

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 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

Comments

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