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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 clocked the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1026 MHz on this particular model. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti will be 71% faster than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB overall, due to its higher data rate. (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 (more or less 17%) more effective at texture filtering 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 a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is superior to the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, 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

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce 9800 GT 1GB GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 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 600 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed 1500 MHz 1800 MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 1026 MHz (4104 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 112 192
Texture Mapping Units 56 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 3.0 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 116 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 98496 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 21600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, 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 maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel 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 ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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