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GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 has a GPU core clock speed of 576 MHz, and the 896 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also features 192 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 28 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which comes with core clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1026 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 192 SPUs as well as 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 260 182 Watts
Difference: 66 Watts (57%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 260 should be a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 is a lot (about 28%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 36864 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8064 (28%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti should be quite a bit (more or less 34%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 260, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 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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GeForce GTX 260

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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

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Model GeForce GTX 260 GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 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) 182 watts 116 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 98496 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36864 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 21600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 192
Texture Mapping Units 64 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 information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called 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, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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