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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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Significantly higher clock speed 900 MHz vs 500 MHz 80% higher clock speed
Higher effective memory clock speed 4,104 MHz vs 1,600 MHz More than 2.5x higher effective memory clock speed
Better PassMark score 1,926 vs 769 More than 2.5x better PassMark score
Higher memory bandwidth 98.5 GB/s vs 51.2 GB/s More than 90% higher memory bandwidth
More render output processors 24 vs 16 8 more render output processors
Higher memory clock speed 1,026 MHz vs 800 MHz Around 30% higher memory clock speed
Front view of GeForce 9800M GTX

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Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTX

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More texture mapping units 56 vs 32 24 more texture mapping units
Lower TDP 75W vs 116W More than 35% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs 9800M GTX

PassMark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performanceData courtesy Passmark

Features Key features of the GeForce GTX 550 Ti  vs 9800M GTX 

memory bandwidth Rate at which data can be read from or stored in onboard memory

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

GeForce GTX 550 Ti
7.2 GPixel/s
GeForce 9800M GTX
8 GPixel/s

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

GeForce GTX 550 Ti
28.8 GTexel/s
GeForce 9800M GTX
28 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

GeForce GTX 550 Ti
691.2 GFLOPS
GeForce 9800M GTX

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes


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