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GeForce GTX 460 1GB vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB has a core clock frequency of 675 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 336 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which has 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 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 460 1GB 160 Watts
Difference: 44 Watts (38%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 460 1GB should perform a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti overall. (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 will be 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 exactly the same pixel fill rate, so in theory they should perform equally good at at 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

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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 largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 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 better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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