ATI Radeon HD 4550 vs NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS Mac Edition
Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.
General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.
Compatibility, dimensions and requirements
Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.
APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.
Competitors of Radeon HD 4550 from NVIDIA
We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 4550 from NVIDIA is GeForce 7800 GT.
Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon HD 4550:
Competitors of GeForce 8600 GTS Mac Edition from AMD
We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce 8600 GTS Mac Edition from AMD is Radeon HD 4550.
Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce 8600 GTS Mac Edition:
Advantages of ATI Radeon HD 4550
Much newer (30 September 2008 vs 21 September 2007)
More pipelines (80 vs 32)
Finer manufacturing process technology (55 vs 80 nm)
Lower power consumption (25W vs 75W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.
Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS Mac Edition
Wider memory bus (128 vs 64 bit)
Higher memory bandwidth (32.26 vs 10.48 GB/s)
So, which one is the better GPU?
Technical City couldn't decide between ATI Radeon HD 4550 and NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS Mac Edition. We've got no test results to judge.
Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.
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