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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 8550

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 8550

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Higher clock speed 650 MHz vs 500 MHz 30% higher clock speed
More shading units 480 vs 48 432 more shading units
Front view of GeForce GT 230M

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Nvidia GeForce GT 230M

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Lower TDP 23W vs 60W 2.6x lower TDP

Features Key features of the Radeon HD 8550  vs GeForce GT 230M 

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

Radeon HD 8550
25.6 GB/s
GeForce GT 230M
25.6 GB/s

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

Radeon HD 8550
5.2 GPixel/s
GeForce GT 230M
4 GPixel/s

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

Radeon HD 8550
15.6 GTexel/s
GeForce GT 230M
8 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

Radeon HD 8550
624 GFLOPS
GeForce GT 230M
105.6 GFLOPS

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

Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

Radeon HD 8550  vs
GeForce GT 230M 
GPU brand AMD Nvidia
GPU name Turks GT216
Market Desktop Laptop
Clock speed 650 MHz 500 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card None None

raw performance

Shading units 480 48
Texture mapping units 24 16
Render output processors 8 8
Pixel rate 5.2 GPixel/s 4 GPixel/s
Texture rate 15.6 GTexel/s 8 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 624 GFLOPS 105.6 GFLOPS

memory

Radeon HD 8550  vs
GeForce GT 230M 
Memory clock speed 800 MHz 800 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 1,600 MHz 1,600 MHz
Memory bus 128 bit 128 bit
Memory 1,024 MB 1,024 MB
Memory type GDDR3 GDDR3
Memory bandwidth 25.6 GB/s 25.6 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 60W 23W

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