Radeon HD 5550 vs GeForce 9600 GT

Radeon HD 5550
Memory: 512Mb GDDR5DESKTOP
Release date: 9 Feb 2010
Radeon HD 5550
GeForce 9600 GT
Memory: 512Mb GDDR3DESKTOP
Release date: 21 Feb 2008
GeForce 9600 GT

Summary

Reasons to consider Radeon HD 5550

56 watts lower power draw. This might be a strong point if your current power supply is not enough to handle the GeForce 9600 GT .
This is a much newer product, it might have better long term support.
Higher theoretical gaming performance, based on specifications.
Based on an outdated architecture (ATI TeraScale), there are no performance optimizations for current games and applications

Reasons to consider GeForce 9600 GT

Based on an outdated architecture (Nvidia Tesla), there are no performance optimizations for current games and applications
PhysX support, however PhysX performance on newest games may be poor

Radeon HD 5550

HWBench recommends Radeon HD 5550

Based on theoretical specifications.


Specifications

Core Configuration

Radeon HD 5550GeForce 9600 GT
GPU NameRedwood (Redwood PRO2)vsG94 (G94-300-A1)
Fab Process40 nmvs65 nm
Die Size104 mm²vs240 mm²
Transistors627 millionvs505 million
Shaders320vs64
Compute Units4vs4
Core clock550 MHzvs650 MHz
ROPs8vs16
TMUs16vs32

Memory Configuration

Radeon HD 5550GeForce 9600 GT
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Bus Width128 bitvs256 bit
Memory Speed800 MHz
3200 MHz effective
vs900 MHz
1800 MHz effective
Memory Size512 Mbvs512 Mb

Additional details

Radeon HD 5550GeForce 9600 GT
TDP39 wattsvs95 watts
Release Date9 Feb 2010vs21 Feb 2008

Raw Performance comparison

Pixel Rate

  • Radeon HD 5550
    4.40 GP/s
  • GeForce 9600 GT
    10.40 GP/s

GigaPixels - higher is better

Texel Rate

  • Radeon HD 5550
    8.80 GT/s
  • GeForce 9600 GT
    20.80 GT/s

GigaTexels - higher is better

Memory bandwidth

  • Radeon HD 5550
    51.20 GB/s
  • GeForce 9600 GT
    57.60 GB/s

GB/s - higher is better

Single precision performance

  • Radeon HD 5550
    352.00 GFLOPs
  • GeForce 9600 GT
    208.00 GFLOPs

GFLOPs - higher is better