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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 comes with core clock speeds of 576 MHz on the GPU, and 999 MHz on the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 216 SPUs along with 72 TAUs and 28 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which has GPU clock speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1026 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 86 Watts (74%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 should be 14% quicker than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti overall, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
Difference: 13392 (14%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 should be quite a bit (approximately 44%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12672 (44%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5472 (34%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year September 16, 2008 March 2011
Code Name G200 GF116
Memory 896 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 4104 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 202 watts 116 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 98496 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 21600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 192
Texture Mapping Units 72 32
Render Output Units 28 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1400 million 1170 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video 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 the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock 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 also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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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.

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