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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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Wider memory bus 128 bit vs 64 bit 2x wider memory bus
Front view of GeForce GT 730

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Nvidia GeForce GT 730

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Much higher effective memory clock speed 5,012 MHz vs 1,600 MHz Around 3.2x higher effective memory clock speed
Higher clock speed 902 MHz vs 650 MHz Around 40% higher clock speed
Significantly higher memory clock speed 1,253 MHz vs 800 MHz More than 55% higher memory clock speed
Slightly higher memory bandwidth 40.1 GB/s vs 25.6 GB/s More than 55% higher memory bandwidth
Lower TDP 38W vs 60W More than 35% lower TDP

Features Key features of the Radeon HD 8550  vs GeForce GT 730 

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

Radeon HD 8550
25.6 GB/s
GeForce GT 730
40.1 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 730
7.22 GPixel/s

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

Radeon HD 8550
15.6 GTexel/s
GeForce GT 730
14.43 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

Radeon HD 8550
624 GFLOPS
GeForce GT 730
692.7 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 730 
GPU brand AMD Nvidia
GPU name Turks GK117
Market Desktop Desktop
Clock speed 650 MHz 902 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card None Nvidia GeForce GT 730 700 MHz 1 GB

raw performance

Shading units 480 384
Texture mapping units 24 16
Render output processors 8 8
Pixel rate 5.2 GPixel/s 7.22 GPixel/s
Texture rate 15.6 GTexel/s 14.43 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 624 GFLOPS 692.7 GFLOPS

memory

Radeon HD 8550  vs
GeForce GT 730 
Memory clock speed 800 MHz 1,253 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 1,600 MHz 5,012 MHz
Memory bus 128 bit 64 bit
Memory 1,024 MB 1,024 MB
Memory type GDDR3 GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 25.6 GB/s 40.1 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 60W 38W

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