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Radeon HD 5550 vs Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)

Intro

The Radeon HD 5550 features a GPU clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 memory runs at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 320(64x5) Stream Processors, 16 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM), which has GPU core speed of 625 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM set to run at 800 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 160 Stream Processors, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform exactly the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5550 will be a lot (about 76%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM). (explain)

Radeon HD 5550 8800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 5000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3800 (76%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5550 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 5550 4400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 2500 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1900 (76%)

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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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 5550 Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 9, 2010 February 2011
Code Name Redwood LE Caicos
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 5000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 2500 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) 160
Texture Mapping Units 16 8
Render Output Units 8 4
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 627 million 370 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 5550

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Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)

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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.

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