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GeForce GTS 450 vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTS 450 comes with a clock speed of 783 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 902 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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

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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 is a little bit (more or less 15%) faster with regards to AF 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 using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is superior to the GeForce GTS 450, 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

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GeForce GTS 450

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTS 450 GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 2010 March 2011
Code Name GF106 GF116
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 783 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 3608 MHz 4104 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 116 watts
Bandwidth 57728 MB/sec 98496 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25056 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12528 Mpixels/sec 21600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 192
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 16 24
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1170 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at 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 could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of 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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