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GeForce GTS 450 vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTS 450 has a GPU core speed of 783 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 902 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 192 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which comes with core clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1026 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 192 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

(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

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti should perform a lot faster than the GeForce GTS 450 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti should be a little bit (approximately 15%) faster with regards to anisotropic 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 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

GeForce GTS 450

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Amazon.com

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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 largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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