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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 5770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1026 MHz on this card. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5770, which comes with a core clock speed of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1200 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

(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

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti should be 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 will be a bit (approximately 18%) more effective at 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

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti should be a lot (about 59%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 5770, and will be able to handle higher resolutions better. (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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied 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 amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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