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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition GeForce 9500 GS
Cyberpunk 2077 515% 2371%
Red Dead Redemption 2 348% 1698%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 176% 1009%
Halo: Reach 42% 471%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 515% 2371%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 348% 1698%
FIFA 20 139% 858%
Doom Eternal 285% 1446%
Grand Theft Auto VI 584% 2648%
Need For Speed Heat 348% 1698%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce 9500 GS.

The GTX 550 Ti was released over three years more recently than the GeForce 9500 GS, 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 GeForce 9500 GS when running the latest games.

The GTX 550 Ti has 512 MB more video memory than the GeForce 9500 GS, 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 82.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 9500 GS, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 550 Ti is much better than the GeForce 9500 GS.

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition has 192 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 9500 GS has 32. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 550 Ti is 372 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 9500 GS is 18. The GTX 550 Ti having 354 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 GeForce 9500 GS.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 550 Ti and a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the GeForce 9500 GS. The GTX 550 Ti has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the GeForce 9500 GS. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 550 Ti may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce 9500 GS.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed970 MHzvs550 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF116-400-A1G96
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Sep 2011vs01 Jul 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed1025 MHzvs500 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth98.4GB/secvs16GB/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 Units192vs32
Actual Shader Performance18%vs1%
Texture Mapping Units32vs-
Texture Rate31 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units24vs-
Pixel Rate23.3 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power--
Recommended PSU400 Wattsvs350 Watts & 20 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs3.0
Open GL4.5vs2.1
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.
It had previously been thought that NVIDIA had decided to drop the G and NV nomenclature for a D (for Desktop) nomenclature on their processors. Following the D is the generation number and the target market indicator. NVIDIA's official designations for target markets include Mainstream, Performance, and Enthusiast. For example, the D9E indicates a 9th generation Desktop GeForce video card for the Enthusiast market[1]. However, NVIDIA has actually forked their codenames into those of graphics processors, and those of graphics cards. The GPU cores have kept the prefix 'G' and future versions will include the prefix 'GT'; whereas the actual cards are now codenamed as D, generation number and target market.
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