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GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 738 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 1100 MHz on this model. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which has GPU clock speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1026 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 192 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 145 Watts
Difference: 29 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti should perform much faster than the GeForce GTS 250 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 70400 MB/sec
Difference: 28096 (40%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB is a lot (about 64%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 47232 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18432 (64%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti will be quite a bit (about 83%) better at AA than the GeForce GTS 250 1GB, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 11808 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9792 (83%)

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 GTS 250 1GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTS 250 1GB GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 3, 2009 March 2011
Code Name G92a/b GF116
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed 1836 MHz 1800 MHz
Memory Speed 1100 MHz (2200 MHz effective) 1026 MHz (4104 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 128 192
Texture Mapping Units 64 32
Render Output Units 16 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 116 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 98496 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 21600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at 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 the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of 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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