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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 6870


The GeForce GTX 550 Ti uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1026 MHz on this model. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6870, which comes with a core clock speed of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1050 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 1120 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Difference: 35 Watts (30%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6870 should in theory be quite a bit better than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
Difference: 35904 (36%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 will be quite a bit (about 75%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 21600 (75%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7200 (33%)

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 550 Ti

Radeon HD 6870

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Model GeForce GTX 550 Ti Radeon HD 6870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2011 October 2010
Code Name GF116 Barts XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 4104 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 151 watts
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 1120
Texture Mapping Units 32 56
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1170 million 1700 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.


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