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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8800M GTX SLI GeForce GT 550M 2GB
Cyberpunk 2077 821% 1122%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 742% 1017%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 715% 981%
Hitman 3 1098% 1489%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1196% 1619%
FIFA 21 365% 516%
Far Cry 6 1233% 1668%
Genshin Impact 821% 1122%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1220% 1651%
Watch Dogs Legion 788% 1078%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTX SLI are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 550M 2GB.

The GT 550M was released over three years more recently than the 8800M GTX, and so the GT 550M is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the 8800M GTX when running the latest games.

The GeForce 8800M GTX SLI and the GeForce GT 550M 2GB have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The 8800M GTX has 176 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 550M, which means that the memory performance of the 8800M GTX is massively better than the GT 550M.

The GeForce 8800M GTX SLI has 192 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GT 550M 2GB has 96. However, the actual shader performance of the 8800M GTX is 96 and the actual shader performance of the GT 550M is 142. The GT 550M having 46 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the 8800M GTX performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GT 550M transistor size technology is 25 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8800M GTX. This means that the GT 550M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8800M GTX.

The GeForce 8800M GTX SLI requires 130 Watts to run and the GeForce GT 550M 2GB requires 35 Watts. The 8800M GTX requires 95 Watts more than the GT 550M to run. The difference is significant enough that the 8800M GTX may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GT 550M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed500 MHzvs740 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureG92 (x2)Fermi GF108
OC Potential None vs Poor
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date01 Nov 2007vs06 Jan 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
1600x900 - vs green tick
1920x1080 - vs green tick
2560x1440 - vs green tick
3840x2160 - green tick vs green tick -

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth204.8GB/secvs28.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units192vs96
Actual Shader Performance5%vs7%
Texture Mapping Units-vs16
Texture Rate-vs11.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units-vs4
Pixel Rate-vs3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power130 Wattsvs35 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs5.0
Open GL2.1vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i3-2330M 2.2GHz
Recommended RAM-4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 8800M GTX SLI is a solution of two GeForce 8800M GTX put together using NVIDIA'S SLI technology.
Check the page of GeForce 8800M GTX to know more about its chip.
As usual, SLI relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, up to X% better than a single GeForce 8800M GTX performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports SLI or in the graphics driver) it performed worse than a single GeForce 8800M GTX.
A few demanding games will run at the highest settings with fluent frame rates (30+) but overall most games will require reduced settings to be played optimally.
GeForce GT 550M 2GB is a middle-class Mobile Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Fermi Architecture.

The Fermi Architecture is manufactured with a 40nm technology and uses a technique known as Hot Clocking: The Shaders are clocked twice as fast as the Central Unit. While this leads to a reasonable performance boost, it causes enormous amounts of energy dissipation, leading, ultimately, to a significantly higher operating temperature.
Fermi is also the first GPU architecture with fully cached memory access which increases memory performance.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GF108 which has 2 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 96 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 4 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 740MHz.

The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 900MHz.

DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Optimus, 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 35W, it is suited for 15" or larger laptops.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance only slightly above a desktop GeForce GT 430.

System Suggestions
We recommend a modest processor (Intel Core i3 Mobile) and 4GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GT 550M 2GB.
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