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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon X1800 XT GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 1686% 348%
Halo: Reach 468% 42%
Cyberpunk 2077 2354% 515%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1686% 348%
Doom Eternal 1436% 285%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2354% 515%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 31% 83%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2630% 584%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 2354% 515%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 1002% 176%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Edition are massively better than the AMD Radeon X1800 XT.

The GTX 550 Ti was released over three years more recently than the Radeon X1800 XT, 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 Radeon X1800 XT when running the latest games.

The GTX 550 Ti has 512 MB more video memory than the Radeon X1800 XT, 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 53.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon X1800 XT, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 550 Ti is much better than the Radeon X1800 XT.

The Radeon X1800 XT has 16 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Edition has 192. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon X1800 XT is 6 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 550 Ti is 374. The GTX 550 Ti having 368 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 Radeon X1800 XT.

The Radeon X1800 XT requires 113 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Edition.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed600 MHzvs975 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureR520Fermi GF116-400-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date01 Oct 2005vs01 Mar 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed700 MHzvs1026 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth44.8GB/secvs98.5GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs green tick 384 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units16vs192
Actual Shader Performance0%vs18%
Texture Mapping Units-vs32
Texture Rate-vs31.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units-vs24
Pixel Rate-vs23.4 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)-vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power113 Watts-
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model3.0vs5.0
Open GL2.0vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM-8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon X1800 XT is a performance GPU based on the 90nm variant of the R500 architecture.
It's based on the R520 Core and offers 16 Pixel Shaders, 16 TMUs and 16 ROPs, on a 256-bit of standard GDDR3. The central unit runs at 600MHz and the memory clock operates at up to 700MHz.
Its performance is considerably better than Radeon X1800 XL due to being higher clocked, as is the power consumption.
Most of today's games might be playable at medium settings although the low preset will have to suffice on some. As it's not based on a Shader-Unified architecture, both DirectX 10 & 11 games aren't supported.
GeForce 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.
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