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GeForce GTX 460 1GB vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 675 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this model. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1026 MHz on this particular card. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units 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 460 1GB 160 Watts
Difference: 44 Watts (38%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 460 1GB should be 17% quicker than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 1GB 115200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
Difference: 16704 (17%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB is quite a bit (approximately 31%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 1GB 37800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9000 (31%)

Pixel Rate

Both cards have the exact same pixel rate, so in theory they should be equally good at at AA, and be able to handle the same screen resolutions. (explain)

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 460 1GB

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 460 1GB GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2010 March 2011
Code Name GF104 GF116
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 4104 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 160 watts 116 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 98496 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37800 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 21600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 336 192
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 32 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1950 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 information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock 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 applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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