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ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP

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Posted March 15, 2011 by Jake in Video Cards

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Introduction

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.

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5 Comments


  1.  
    Paul

    I just bought this card online and am waiting for delivery. Thank-you for this informative review, i feel better about the purchase already.




  2.  
    Nodge

    i bought the gtx 550 ti and i notice sometimes and i am only playing world of war craft it drops frame rates when i reboot its ok again back up to 60 fps some times on the game it drops to like 23 fps and 35 fps wierd any ideas i have just put in a new 750 psu . strange.




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      Does it only happen in WoW, not other games? Sounds like it’s something else since the problem disappears after a reboot. It’s possible you have something running in the background that starts to chug your system, or a memory leak on another program that disappears after rebooting. You should check your System Processes after awhile and see if your RAM is being used up, that would slow down your whole rig. The problem could be a driver issue/conflict as well, be sure you update your drivers.




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        Nodge

        thanks jake yes i run 4 gig of ram and it seems ok its not done it since and i killed all the bosses on wow server i am on lol no problems cpu is a amd 6000+ i used to run a geforce gt 9600 and had no problems with apart from its age so upgraded to a gtx 550 ti then i had a 500 psu that was over 6 yrs old and looseing power so i replaced it with a 750 psu and all well till i went on the game and saw the fps drop been ok since but still dont trust it thanks for your help .




  3.  

    I bought this card from tiger direct about 6 months ago. I paid $ 124.00 on sale. I couldnt be happier. I play B3 at 1920 x 1080 with most of the settings on ultra. I also run 2 monitors with it. i have a family so I dont have a bundle of money to spend..Thanks Asus.





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