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Radeon HD 5550 vs Radeon R7 M360

Intro

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

Compare all that to the Radeon R7 M360, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1125 MHz. The DDR3 RAM works at a speed of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 384 SPUs as well as 24 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R7 M360 will be 25% quicker than the Radeon HD 5550 overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 16000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5550 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M360 should be much (approximately 207%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 5550. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 27000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5550 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18200 (207%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R7 M360 should be much (approximately 105%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon HD 5550, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 9000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5550 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4600 (105%)

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 R7 M360
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 9, 2010 2015
Code Name Redwood LE Oland
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 1125 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8800 Mtexels/sec 27000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4400 Mpixels/sec 9000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) 384
Texture Mapping Units 16 24
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 627 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen 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 texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory per 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 - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon R7 M360

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