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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 5770

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti comes with a clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1026 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 192 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5770, which features GPU core speed of 850 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1200 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 800(160x5) Stream Processors, 40 TAUs, 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

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti should theoretically 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 should be just a bit (more or less 18%) more effective at anisotropic 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 running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is the winner, by far. (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

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 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 maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once 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, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of 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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