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GeForce GTX 470 vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 features a core clock speed of 607 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 837 MHz. It also uses a 320-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 448 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 40 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which comes with core clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1026 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 192 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
Difference: 99 Watts (85%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 470 should theoretically be a lot superior to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
Difference: 35424 (36%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 470 will be a little bit (more or less 18%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5192 (18%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 470 is superior to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, though only just barely. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2680 (12%)

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 470

GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 470 GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2010 March 2011
Code Name GF100 GF116
Memory 1280 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 3348 MHz 4104 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 116 watts
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 98496 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 Mpixels/sec 21600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 448 192
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 40 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3000 million 1170 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at 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 that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

GeForce GTX 470

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Comments

3 Responses to “GeForce GTX 470 vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti”
Dave says:

why the hell would they design 550 to be worse than 480?

rob says:

Because the average user wont want to spend the price of a 480. 550 gives adequate performance for most people to use. 480 is STILL more expensive than the 550 as well.

Bogdan says:

So... twice the power consumption, ~10% more potent and ~130% more expensive... what's the point of buying a gtx470? :)

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