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GeForce GTX 1630 vs Radeon RX 550

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1630 makes use of a 12 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1740 MHz. The GDDR6 RAM runs at a speed of 1500 MHz on this specific card. It features 512 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 550, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1100 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1750 MHz on this particular model. It features 512 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 550 50 Watts
GeForce GTX 1630 75 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 550 should be 17% quicker than the GeForce GTX 1630 overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon RX 550 114688 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1630 98304 MB/sec
Difference: 16384 (17%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1630 should be quite a bit (more or less 58%) better at AF than the Radeon RX 550. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1630 55680 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 550 35200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20480 (58%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1630 is superior to the Radeon RX 550, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1630 27840 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 550 17600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10240 (58%)

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 1630 Radeon RX 550
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2022 April 2017
Code Name TU117 Polaris 12
Memory 4096 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1740 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 1500 GB/s 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 98304 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 55680 Mtexels/sec 35200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 27840 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 512
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 64-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 12 nm 14 nm
Transistors 4700 million 2200 million
Bus PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1630

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