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GeForce GTX 1630 vs Radeon RX 550

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1630 has core speeds of 1740 MHz on the GPU, and 1500 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR6 RAM. It features 512 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 550, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1100 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1750 MHz on this particular model. It features 512 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units 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

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 550 should theoretically be a little bit better than the GeForce GTX 1630 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1630 is much (more or less 58%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon RX 550. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1630 is a lot (about 58%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 550, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number 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 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - 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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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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