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GeForce GTX 470 vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 607 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 837 MHz on this card. It features 448 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 40 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which comes with a clock speed of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1026 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 192 SPUs, 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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 470 will be 36% faster than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (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 (about 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

The GeForce GTX 470 should be a little bit (about 12%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, and also capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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

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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
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1280 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed 1215 MHz 1800 MHz
Memory Speed 3348 MHz 4104 MHz
Unified Shaders 448 192
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 40 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 116 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 98496 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 Mpixels/sec 21600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

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