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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 650 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 368% 369%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 332% 333%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 381% 381%
Genshin Impact 372% 373%
eFootball PES 2021 138% 139%
Marvel's Avengers 347% 348%
Watch Dogs Legion 356% 356%
FIFA 21 138% 139%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 577% 578%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 318% 319%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition.

The GTX 650 has a 140 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 550 Ti. This results in the GTX 650 providing 4.5 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 650 has a 140 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 550 Ti, but the GTX 550 Ti has 8 more Render Output Units than the GTX 650. As a result, the GTX 550 Ti exhibits a 5.5 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 650. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 650 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 550 Ti, and so the GTX 650 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 550 Ti.

The GTX 650 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 550 Ti, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GTX 550 Ti has 18.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 650, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 550 Ti is slightly better than the GTX 650.

The GeForce GTX 650 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition has 384 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition has 192. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 650 is 426 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 550 Ti is 372. The GTX 650 having 54 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 550 Ti performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GTX 650 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 550 Ti. This means that the GTX 650 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 550 Ti. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GTX 650 should consume less power than the GTX 550 Ti.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 650 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 550 Ti. The two GPUs have been recommended a PSU with the same amount of wattage. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1110 MHzvs970 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureKepler GK107-450-A2Fermi GF116-400-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date01 Sep 2012vs01 Sep 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
5.9
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6.4
1920x1080
4.9
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4.9
2560x1440
3.1
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3840x2160
2.1
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1025 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth80GB/secvs98.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB 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 Units384vs192
Actual Shader Performance21%vs18%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units32vs32
Texture Rate35.5 GTexel/svs31 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs24
Pixel Rate17.8 GPixel/svs23.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power--
Recommended PSU400 Wattsvs400 Watts

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-3220 3.3GHzvsIntel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 650 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition is a special edition of the fast-middle-class GeForce GTX 650.
This special edition comes overclocked out of the box to 1110MHz and features a custom-designed 10 cm cooler. It also features a 2GB frame buffer but it's known extra memory does not benefit this GPU in any way and so that feature is useless.
Benchmarks indicate a 4% performance boost when compared to the reference card and so this GPU is suitable for medium to high settings on most demanding games but not with extreme resolutions.
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.
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