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GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon R9 M295X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti comes with a GPU core clock speed of 900 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1026 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 192 Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 M295X, which features clock speeds of 750 MHz on the GPU, and 1375 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 116 Watts
Radeon R9 M295X 125 Watts
Difference: 9 Watts (8%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 M295X should in theory perform much faster than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 M295X 176000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 98496 MB/sec
Difference: 77504 (79%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M295X is quite a bit (about 233%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)

Radeon R9 M295X 96000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 67200 (233%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M295X is a better choice, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

Radeon R9 M295X 24000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 21600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2400 (11%)

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 GeForce GTX 550 Ti Radeon R9 M295X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2011 2014
Code Name GF116 Unknown
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 4104 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 116 watts 125 watts
Bandwidth 98496 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 28800 Mtexels/sec 96000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 21600 Mpixels/sec 24000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 192 2048
Texture Mapping Units 32 128
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1170 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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Radeon R9 M295X

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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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