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GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB comes with core speeds of 738 MHz on the GPU, and 1100 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which comes with a core clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1026 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It 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 GTS 250 1GB 145 Watts
Difference: 29 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, 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 (approximately 64%) better at AF 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

If running with 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 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better 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 per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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