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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon Sky 500 GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition
Halo: Reach 18% 42%
Cyberpunk 2077 256% 515%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 60% 176%
Red Dead Redemption 2 159% 348%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 159% 348%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 256% 515%
Doom Eternal 123% 285%
Grand Theft Auto VI 296% 584%
FIFA 20 38% 139%
Need For Speed Heat 159% 348%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon Sky 500 are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition.

The Radeon Sky 500 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 550 Ti, and so the Radeon Sky 500 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 Radeon Sky 500 has 3072 MB more video memory than the GTX 550 Ti, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon Sky 500 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon Sky 500 has 55.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 550 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon Sky 500 is much better than the GTX 550 Ti.

The Radeon Sky 500 has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition has 192. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon Sky 500 is 790 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 550 Ti is 372. The Radeon Sky 500 having 418 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon Sky 500 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 550 Ti.

The Radeon Sky 500 requires 150 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition. 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 Radeon Sky 500.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed950 MHzvs970 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
Architecture-Fermi GF116-400-A1
OC Potential - vs Poor
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date25 Mar 2013vs01 Sep 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

Memory4096 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1200 MHzvs1025 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth153.6GB/secvs98.4GB/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 Units1280vs192
Actual Shader Performance38%vs18%
Texture Mapping Units-vs32
Texture Rate-vs31 GTexel/s
Render Output Units-vs24
Pixel Rate-vs23.3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Watts-
Recommended PSU-400 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon Sky 500 is a high-end GFX that's based on the 28nm, GCN architecture.
Its performance is comparable to a single Radeon HD 7870, due to the Core similarities but consumes less power (up to 150 Watt).
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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