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GeForce GTX 460 1GB vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB has a clock frequency of 675 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 336 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which has a GPU core clock speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1026 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 192 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 460 1GB should in theory be a little bit better than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti in general. (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 much (approximately 31%) more effective at anisotropic filtering 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 exactly the same pixel fill rate, so theoretically they should be equally good at at full screen anti-aliasing, and be capable of handling 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

GeForce GTX 460 1GB

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GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 460 1GB GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2010 March 2011
Code Name GF104 GF116
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed 1350 MHz 1800 MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (3600 MHz effective) 1026 MHz (4104 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 336 192
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 32 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 160 watts 116 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 98496 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37800 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 21600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, 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 in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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