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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 is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1026 MHz on this specific card. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

(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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti should be much 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 should be a bit (about 17%) faster with regards to 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

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti is much (approximately 125%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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 maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video 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 number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially 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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