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Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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Posted March 15, 2011 by Jake in Video Cards

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The simple fact right up front here is that the GeForce GTX 550 Ti continues the winning ways of the GTX 500 series cards. The price point of the 550 Ti, however, is far lower than its other siblings, and in fact this new card is really more of a successor to the GTS 450 than anything else despite its moniker.

In terms of performance, we saw the Nvidia GTX 550 Ti certainly improved upon the GTS 450 by almost 25% in a few instances, and certainly beat the Radeon 5770 in just about every facet, and at a nearly identical price this GeForce card is the clear winner for gamers looking to purchase a new card for under $150. Keep in mind, too, that the GeForce cards bring CUDA to the table, so if you’re a Folding disciple then that’s another significant advantage here with the 550 Ti. Perhaps even more impressive is the GTX 550 Ti gave the Radeon 6850 a spirited challenge on a couple occasions, impressive for a card well lower on the price range.

As for overclocking, the GTX 550 Ti really flies, to the tune of about 21% on the core. So you can bet that we’ll see cards from partners clocked all the way up to just under the magical 1GHz. Outstanding for a budget card, really.

So are there any downsides here? Only one of note: the power consumption isn’t quite as frugal as we had anticipated, but it’s not really a big deal. We’ll nitpick and say the power connector is end-mounted rather than side-mounted, and the temperatures aren’t quite as stellar as we had hoped, but perhaps that’s wishful thinking on our part.

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti really is quite an impressive mid-range performance card; it has no current-gen equal at this price point, and packs some respectable horsepower under the hood for what you pay. It does struggle in a few game titles with the image quality settings at maximum, but that’s not surprising for a $150 card. Just drop the antialising or IQ a bit and you’ll be good to go.

When all is said and done, we really like this card, as Nvidia is offering excellent gaming value to consumers on a modest budget.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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One Comment


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    Fábio

    I have this video card and I liked very much the c/b. Very good performance at this price.
    Nice review of this great value card!





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