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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti features a GPU core clock speed of 900 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1026 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 192 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6870, which has a clock speed of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1050 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1120 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6870 should be 36% quicker than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti in general, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 should be much (approximately 75%) better at texture filtering 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is a better choice, by far. (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

GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6870

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 550 Ti Radeon HD 6870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2011 October 2010
Code Name GF116 Barts XT
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed 1800 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1026 MHz (4104 MHz effective) 1050 MHz (4200 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 192 1120
Texture Mapping Units 32 56
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 151 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses 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, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. 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 quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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