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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition Quadro FX 3500
Halo: Reach 42% 470%
Cyberpunk 2077 515% 2362%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 176% 1006%
Red Dead Redemption 2 348% 1692%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 348% 1692%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 515% 2362%
Doom Eternal 285% 1441%
Grand Theft Auto VI 584% 2639%
FIFA 20 139% 855%
Need For Speed Heat 348% 1692%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition are massively better than the Nvidia Quadro FX 3500.

The GTX 550 Ti was released over three years more recently than the Quadro FX 3500, and so the GTX 550 Ti is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Quadro FX 3500 when running the latest games.

The GTX 550 Ti has 768 MB more video memory than the Quadro FX 3500, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 550 Ti also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 550 Ti has 56.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Quadro FX 3500, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 550 Ti is much better than the Quadro FX 3500.

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition has 192 Shader Processing Units and the Quadro FX 3500 has 7. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 550 Ti is 372 and the actual shader performance of the Quadro FX 3500 is 3. The GTX 550 Ti having 369 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 550 Ti delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Quadro FX 3500.

The Quadro FX 3500 requires 80 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GTX 550 Ti. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 550 Ti and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Quadro FX 3500. The Quadro FX 3500 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the GTX 550 Ti. The difference is significant enough that the Quadro FX 3500 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 550 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed970 MHzvs470 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF116-400-A1G71GL
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Sep 2011vs20 Apr 2006
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed1025 MHzvs660 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth98.4GB/secvs42.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 384 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units192vs7
Actual Shader Performance18%vs0%
Texture Mapping Units32vs-
Texture Rate31 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units24vs-
Pixel Rate23.3 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs-
DVI Connections1vs-
HDMI Connections1vs-
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-80 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Wattsvs450 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs3.0
Open GL4.5vs2.0
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz-
Recommended RAM8 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition is a special edition of the upper-middle-class GeForce GTX 550 Ti. See the standard edition's page for more information.
The new features include an increase in the clock from 900MHz to 970MHz and a new cooling system.
Benchmarks indicate a 4.5% performance boost when compared to the reference card..
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.
The Quadro line of GPU cards emerged in an effort at market segmentation by NVIDIA. In introducing Quadro, NVIDIA was able to charge a premium for essentially the same graphics hardware in professional markets, and direct resources to properly serve the needs of those markets. To differentiate their offerings, NVIDIA used driver software and firmware to enable features vital to segments of the workstation market; e.g., high performance anti-aliased lines and two-sided lighting were reserved for the Quadro product. In addition, improved support through a certified driver program was put in place. These features were of little value in the gaming markets that NVIDIA's products already sold to, but prevented high end customers from using the less expensive products. This practice continues even today although some products use higher capacity faster memory.
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