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GeForce GTX 470 vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 607 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 837 MHz on this specific model. It features 448 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 40 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which features clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1026 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 192 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

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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 in theory be quite a bit better than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 470 should be just a bit (approximately 18%) more effective at anisotropic filtering 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 running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 470 is the winner, though not by far. (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

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GeForce GTX 470

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 550 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 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 maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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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