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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 8740 (OEM) GeForce GTX 550 Ti Palit Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 414% 397%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 370% 354%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 355% 340%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 355% 340%
FIFA 21 159% 151%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 318% 304%
Genshin Impact 414% 397%
Grand Theft Auto VI 623% 599%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 636% 612%
Watch Dogs Legion 395% 379%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti Palit Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 8740 (OEM).

The GTX 550 Ti has a 100 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the HD 8740. This results in the GTX 550 Ti providing 3.2 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 550 Ti has a 100 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the HD 8740. This results in the GTX 550 Ti providing 8.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 8740 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 550 Ti, and so the HD 8740 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 550 Ti.

The HD 8740 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 550 Ti, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GTX 550 Ti has 26.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 8740, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 550 Ti is slightly better than the HD 8740.

The Radeon HD 8740 (OEM) has 512 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 550 Ti Palit Edition has 192. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 8740 is 348 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 550 Ti is 346. The HD 8740 having 2 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 550 Ti performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The HD 8740 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 550 Ti. This means that the HD 8740 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 550 Ti. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the HD 8740 should consume less power than the GTX 550 Ti.

The Radeon HD 8740 (OEM) requires 55 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 550 Ti Palit Edition requires 116 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the HD 8740 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 550 Ti. The GTX 550 Ti requires 61 Watts more than the HD 8740 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 550 Ti may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 8740.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed800 MHzvs900 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Cape Verde PROFermi GF116-400-A1
OC Potential Good vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date05 Sep 2013vs01 Mar 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
5.6
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6.2
1920x1080
4.6
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4.7
2560x1440
3
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2.9
3840x2160
2.1
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1125 MHzvs1025 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth72GB/secvs98.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 384 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units512vs192
Actual Shader Performance17%vs17%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units32vs32
Texture Rate25.6 GTexel/svs28.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs24
Pixel Rate12.8 GPixel/svs21.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power55 Wattsvs116 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 27 Ampsvs400 Watts & 28 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-3210 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 8740 (OEM) is an OEM Only, Fast-Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
The GCN Architecture succeeds the 40nm Terascale Architecture. In addition to being produced with a 28nm Technology, the GCN Architecture adds other Technologies that allow for energy efficiency. For example, ZeroCore Power, a long idle power saving technology, allows the Graphics Cards to shut down by itself when the Monitor is turned off.
GCN also adds Improved Anisotropic Filtering, DirectX 11 Tessellation and the Partially Resident Textures (PRT) Technology, which enables future games to utilize ultra-high resolution textures with the same performance as today's small and often repetitive textures.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Cape Verde PRO which has 8 Compute Units activated and thus offers 512 Shader Processing Units, 32 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 800MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1125MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 55W, it requires at least a 400W PSU and relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

Performance
Radeon HD 8740 (OEM) is a Direct Rebrand of Radeon HD 7750 and performs exactly like it.

System Suggestions
Radeon HD 8740 (OEM) is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1600x900. We recommend a Decent Processor (Intel Core i3 Quad Core/AMD FX Quad Core) and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
GeForce GTX 550 Ti Palit Edition is a renamed GeForce GTX 550 Ti that has no improvements and delivers exactly the same performance.
Some modern demanding games will run at the highest settings using a 1080p resolution but the largest part will have to be played with a 720p resolution to be played optimally.
This Graphics Card needs to be paired with a decent Quad Core CPU.
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