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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a speed of 900 MHz on this model. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which features a core clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1026 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 192 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
Difference: 11 Watts (10%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti should be a lot faster than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 40896 (71%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB is a bit (about 17%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4800 (17%)

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 9800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12000 (125%)

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 9800 GT 1GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9800 GT 1GB GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 March 2011
Code Name G92a/b GF116
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4104 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 116 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 98496 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 21600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 192
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 16 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 1170 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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