Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti
IntroThe GeForce GTS 250 1GB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 738 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 1100 MHz on this particular model. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1026 MHz on this particular card. It features 192 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti should in theory be much superior to the GeForce GTS 250 1GB in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTS 250 1GB is much (about 64%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)
Pixel RateIf running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is superior to the GeForce GTS 250 1GB, by a large margin. (explain)
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.
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.
Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of 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 applied in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.