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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Edition GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 348% 348%
Halo: Reach 42% 42%
Cyberpunk 2077 515% 515%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 348% 348%
Doom Eternal 285% 285%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 515% 515%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 83% 83%
Grand Theft Auto VI 584% 584%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 515% 515%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 176% 176%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the GTX 550 Ti and the GTX 550 Ti are equal.

The GTX 550 Ti has a 5 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 550 Ti. This results in the GTX 550 Ti providing 0.2 GTexel/s better texturing performance. 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 5 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 550 Ti and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 550 Ti providing 0.099999999999998 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 less than a year after the GTX 550 Ti, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Edition and the GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 550 Ti has 0.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 550 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 550 Ti is marginally better than the GTX 550 Ti.

Both the GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Edition and the GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition have 192 Shader Processing Units. Having the same number of SPUs and using the same architecture means that the performance they offer can be compared by looking at the memory bandwidth, Texture and Pixel Rates. In this case, the GTX 550 Ti has 0.2 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate, 0.099999999999998 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate, and 0.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth, so should have a marginally faster performance than the GTX 550 Ti.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 550 Ti, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the GTX 550 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed975 MHzvs970 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF116-400-A1Fermi GF116-400-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Mar 2011vs01 Sep 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

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1600x900
6.4
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6.4
1920x1080
4.9
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4.9
2560x1440
3
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1026 MHzvs1025 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth98.5GB/secvs98.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 384 KB green tick vs green tick 384 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units192vs192
Actual Shader Performance18%vs18%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units32vs32
Texture Rate31.2 GTexel/svs31 GTexel/s
Render Output Units24vs24
Pixel Rate23.4 GPixel/svs23.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power--
Recommended PSU-400 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-2100 3.1GHzvsIntel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Edition is a special edition of the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. See the page of the standard version for more information.
The features include better cooling and an increase on the core-clock from 900MHz to 975MHz.
Benchmarks indicate the performance is 4.5% better 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 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.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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