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GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 has core clock speeds of 576 MHz on the GPU, and 999 MHz on the 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 192 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 28 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which comes with core 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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 260 should be a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti overall. (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 a lot (about 28%) faster with regards to texture 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 using high levels of AA 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 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling 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 can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. 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 lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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