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GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti


The GeForce GTX 260 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a speed of 999 MHz on this model. It features 192 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 28 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which comes with GPU clock speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1026 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 192 Stream Processors, 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 is 14% quicker than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti in general, because of its greater data rate. (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%) more effective at AF 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 a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is a better choice, by far. (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

GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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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 largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

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


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