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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 163% 348%
Cyberpunk 2077 262% 515%
Doom Eternal 126% 285%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 62% 176%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 163% 348%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 262% 515%
FIFA 20 40% 139%
Grand Theft Auto VI 302% 584%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 262% 515%
Need For Speed Heat 163% 348%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition.

The GTX 550 Ti has a 320 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 470, but the GTX 470 has 24 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 550 Ti. As a result, the GTX 470 exhibits a 5.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 550 Ti. 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 320 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 470, but the GTX 470 has 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 550 Ti. As a result, the GTX 470 exhibits a 2.7 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 550 Ti. 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 over a year more recently than the GTX 470, and so the GTX 550 Ti is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 470.

The GTX 470 has 256 MB more video memory than the GTX 550 Ti, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 470 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 470 has 37.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 550 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 470 is noticeably better than the GTX 550 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition has 448 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition has 192. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 470 is 582 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 550 Ti is 372. The GTX 470 having 210 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 470 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 550 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition requires 215 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 470 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 550 Ti. The GTX 470 has been recommended a PSU with 150 Watts more than the GTX 550 Ti. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 470 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 550 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed650 MHzvs970 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF100-275-A3Fermi GF116-400-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Jun 2010vs01 Sep 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
8.2
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6.4
1920x1080
6.3
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2560x1440
4.6
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GPU Memory

Memory1280 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed850 MHzvs1025 MHz
Memory Bus320 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth136GB/secvs98.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 640 KB green tick vs 384 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units448vs192
Actual Shader Performance28%vs18%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs32
Texture Rate36.4 GTexel/svs31 GTexel/s
Render Output Units40vs24
Pixel Rate26 GPixel/svs23.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power215 Watts-
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 38 Ampsvs400 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 i7-930 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 470.
This edition comes with a dual-fan custom solution and overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 607MHz to 650MHz, while the operating memory clock is now of 850MHz, instead of 837MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 7% performance boost when compared to the reference card.
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
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