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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 5770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1026 MHz on this particular model. It features 192 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 5770, which features a core 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 features 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti should be 28% faster than the Radeon HD 5770 overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5770 is a small bit (more or less 18%) faster with regards to texture filtering 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

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is superior to the Radeon HD 5770, by a large margin. (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

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GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5770

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 550 Ti Radeon HD 5770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2011 October 13, 2009
Code Name GF116 Juniper XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 4104 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 108 watts
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 76800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 34000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 13600 Mpixels/sec
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
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1170 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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