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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 6870


The GeForce GTX 550 Ti features a core clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1026 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 192 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6870, which features GPU clock speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1050 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1120 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, 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 superior to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti overall. (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 a lot (more or less 75%) more effective at 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

The Radeon HD 6870 will be much (about 33%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (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.

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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 information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per 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 figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.


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