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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition GeForce GTX 260
Red Dead Redemption 2 348% 341%
Cyberpunk 2077 515% 506%
Doom Eternal 285% 279%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 176% 172%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 348% 341%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 515% 506%
FIFA 20 139% 135%
Grand Theft Auto VI 584% 574%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 515% 506%
Need For Speed Heat 348% 341%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition.

The GTX 550 Ti has a 394 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 260, but the GeForce GTX 260 has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 550 Ti. As a result, the GeForce GTX 260 exhibits a 5.9 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 550 Ti. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 550 Ti has a 394 MHz higher core clock speed but 4 fewer Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 260. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 550 Ti manages to provide 7.2 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 550 Ti was released over three years more recently than the GeForce GTX 260, 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 GTX 260 when running the latest games.

The GTX 550 Ti has 128 MB more video memory than the GeForce GTX 260, so is likely to be slightly 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 GeForce GTX 260 has 13.5 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 550 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 260 is slightly better than the GTX 550 Ti.

Both the GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition and the GeForce GTX 260 have 192 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the GTX 550 Ti is 372 and by the GeForce GTX 260 is 254. Knowing that the shader performance of the GTX 550 Ti is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The GTX 550 Ti transistor size technology is 25 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce GTX 260. This means that the GTX 550 Ti is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce GTX 260. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GTX 550 Ti should consume less power than the GeForce GTX 260.

The GeForce GTX 260 requires 182 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 500 Watts for the GeForce GTX 260. The GeForce GTX 260 has been recommended a PSU with 100 Watts more than the GTX 550 Ti. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GTX 260 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 550 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed970 MHzvs576 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF116-400-A1Tesla G200-100-A2
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Sep 2011vs16 Jun 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs896 MB
Memory Speed1025 MHzvs999 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs448 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth98.4GB/secvs111.9GB/sec
L2 Cache 384 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units192vs192
Actual Shader Performance18%vs12%
Texture Mapping Units32vs64
Texture Rate31 GTexel/svs36.9 GTexel/s
Render Output Units24vs28
Pixel Rate23.3 GPixel/svs16.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-182 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Wattsvs500 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.5vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-2100 3.1GHzvsIntel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs6 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

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.
GeForce GTX 260 is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Tesla Architecture.

Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.

It equips a GPU Codenamed G200-100-A2 which has 8 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 192 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 28 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 576MHz.

The GPU accesses a 896MB frame buffer of GDDR3, through a 448-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 999MHz.

DirectX 10.0 Support (10.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology, Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration, PhysX, CUDA, HybridPower and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 182W, it requires at least a 500W PSU and it requires at least two 6-pin available connectors.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance around of a Radeon HD 4870, meaning it is much faster than GeForce GTS 250.
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