ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti is the latest in the Fermi lineup, and while it may share a similar naming scheme as the GTX 560 Ti, it does have some distinct differences, not the least of which is a considerably lower price tag. Costing about $150 for the reference and slightly more for the custom versions from board partners, this creates a very interesting scenario, as it sits alone amongst current-gen cards at this price point. There is no 6000 series AMD card that can compete, so Nvidia is breaking new ground here by offering what appears to be a very compelling product for gamers on a modest budget.
One of the interesting things about the launch of the GTX 550 Ti is there will be several models available from Nvidia partners simultaneously, and this one is from ASUS. Bringing a custom cooler and a factory overclock, along with voltage tweaking ability for even more horsepower, today is quite exciting if you’re in the market for a new graphics card that won’t break the bank.
Toss in some very impressive overclocking headroom and low temperatures, and only one question remains: what does $159 get you?
Let’s find out.
ASUS, a technology-oriented company blessed with one of the world’s top R&D teams, is well known for high-quality and innovative technology. As a leading company in the new digital era, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium. The philosophy of ASUS product development is to do the fundamentals well first before moving forward. Started with computer components such as motherboards, graphic cards, and optical storage devices, ASUS now has now over 16 product lines, including desktop barebone systems, servers, notebooks, handhelds, network devices, broadband communications, LCD monitors, TVs, wireless applications, and CPT (chassis, power supply and thermal) products.