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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 5770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti comes with a core clock speed 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 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5770, which has a clock frequency of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1200 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5770 108 Watts
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
Difference: 8 Watts (7%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti should theoretically perform much faster than the Radeon HD 5770 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5770 76800 MB/sec
Difference: 21696 (28%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5770 should be a small bit (more or less 18%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)

Radeon HD 5770 34000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5200 (18%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti is much (about 59%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 5770, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5770 13600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8000 (59%)

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 5770

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 550 Ti Radeon HD 5770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2011 October 13, 2009
Code Name GF116 Juniper XT
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 850 MHz
Shader Speed 1800 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1026 MHz (4104 MHz effective) 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 192 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 40
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 3.2
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 108 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 76800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 34000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 13600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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