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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 6750

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti features a GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1026 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 192 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6750, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 725 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this card. It features 720 SPUs as well as 36 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6750 86 Watts
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (35%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti should be 54% faster than the Radeon HD 6750 in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6750 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 34496 (54%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti should be a bit (about 10%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6750. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6750 26100 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2700 (10%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6750 11600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10000 (86%)

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 6750

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 6750
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2011 January 2011
Code Name GF116 Juniper Pro
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe x16
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 725 MHz
Shader Speed 1800 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1026 MHz (4104 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 192 720
Texture Mapping Units 32 36
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.0
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 86 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 26100 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 11600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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