ATI Radeon HD 4550 vs NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS Mac Edition

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
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Value for money (0-100)
0.29
 
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Architecture
TeraScale
 
Tesla
GPU code name
RV710
 
G84
Market segment
Desktop
 
Desktop
Launch date
30 September 2008 (12 years ago)
 
21 September 2007 (13 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$59
 
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Price now
$115 (1.9x MSRP)
 
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Technical specs

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.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
80
 
32
Core clock speed
600 MHz
 
675 MHz
Number of transistors
242 million
 
289 million
Manufacturing process technology
55 nm
 
80 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
25 Watt
 
75 Watt
Texture fill rate
4.800
 
10.80
Floating-point performance
96 gflops
 
92.8 gflops

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).

Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
PCIe 1.0 x16
Length
168 mm
 
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Supplementary power connectors
None
 
1x 6-pin

Memory

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.

Memory type
DDR2
 
GDDR3
Maximum RAM amount
256 MB
 
512 MB
Memory bus width
64 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
1310 MHz
 
2016 MHz
Memory bandwidth
10.48 GB/s
 
32.26 GB/s

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.

Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
 
2x DVI
HDMI
+
 
-

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
10.1 (10_1)
 
11.1 (10_0)
Shader Model
4.1
 
4.0
OpenGL
3.3
 
3.3
OpenCL
1.1
 
1.1
Vulkan
N/A
 
N/A
CUDA
-
 
1.1

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.

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