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GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 comes with a GPU core clock speed of 576 MHz, and the 896 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also is comprised of 192 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 28 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which has GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1026 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 192 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 260 should perform just 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 will be quite a bit (more or less 28%) faster with regards to 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

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is superior to the GeForce GTX 260, by a large margin. (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

GeForce GTX 260

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 260 GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 16, 2008 March 2011
Code Name G200 GF116
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 896 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed 1242 MHz 1800 MHz
Memory Speed 999 MHz (1998 MHz effective) 1026 MHz (4104 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 192 192
Texture Mapping Units 64 32
Render Output Units 28 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 182 watts 116 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 98496 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36864 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 21600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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