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GeForce GTS 450 vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTS 450 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 783 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 902 MHz on this model. It features 192 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which features a clock speed of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1026 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTS 450 106 Watts
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (9%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTS 450 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 450 57728 MB/sec
Difference: 40768 (71%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti will be a small bit (more or less 15%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTS 450. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTS 450 25056 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3744 (15%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTS 450 12528 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9072 (72%)

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 GTS 450

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GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTS 450 GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 2010 March 2011
Code Name GF106 GF116
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 783 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed 1566 MHz 1800 MHz
Memory Speed 902 MHz (3608 MHz effective) 1026 MHz (4104 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 192 192
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 16 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 116 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57728 MB/sec 98496 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25056 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12528 Mpixels/sec 21600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video 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 Render Output Units 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 rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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