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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Quadro4 550 XGL GeForce FX 5950 Ultra
Red Dead Redemption 2 8006% 3953%
Cyberpunk 2077 11036% 5468%
Doom Eternal 6870% 3385%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 4900% 2400%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 8006% 3953%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 11036% 5468%
FIFA 20 4218% 2059%
Grand Theft Auto VI 12286% 6093%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 11036% 5468%
Need For Speed Heat 8006% 3953%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra are significantly better than the Nvidia Quadro4 550 XGL.

The FX 5950 has a 205 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the Quadro4 550 XGL. This results in the FX 5950 providing 0.8 GTexel/s better texturing performance. Neither of these GPUs support DirectX 10 or higher, so Texture Rate holds more weight than when comparing more modern GPUs.

The FX 5950 has a 205 MHz higher core clock speed than the Quadro4 550 XGL and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the FX 5950 providing 0.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. The FX 5950 supports up to DirectX 9.0a, so pixeling performance is not particularly relevant for this GPU. It would be relevant for comparing the Quadro4 550 XGL with other old GPUs, but in this case it is probably safe to say that the FX 5950 is superior.

The FX 5950 was released over a year more recently than the Quadro4 550 XGL, and so the FX 5950 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Quadro4 550 XGL.

Both GPUs exhibit very poor performance, so rather than upgrading from one to the other you should consider looking at more powerful GPUs. Neither of these will be able to run the latest games in any playable way.

The FX 5950 has 192 MB more video memory than the Quadro4 550 XGL, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the FX 5950 also has superior memory performance overall.

The FX 5950 has 12 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Quadro4 550 XGL, which means that the memory performance of the FX 5950 is slightly better than the Quadro4 550 XGL.

The Quadro4 550 XGL has 2 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce FX 5950 Ultra has 4. However, the actual shader performance of the Quadro4 550 XGL is 1 and the actual shader performance of the FX 5950 is 2. The FX 5950 having 1 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the FX 5950 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Quadro4 550 XGL.

The FX 5950 transistor size technology is 20 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro4 550 XGL. This means that the FX 5950 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro4 550 XGL. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the FX 5950 should consume less power than the Quadro4 550 XGL.

The GeForce FX 5950 Ultra requires 74 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Quadro4 550 XGL.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed270 MHzvs475 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureNV17 A3NV38
OC Potential Poor vs None
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date19 Feb 2002vs23 Oct 2003
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory64 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed200 MHzvs475 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDRvsDDR
Memory Bandwidth3.2GB/secvs15.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2vs4
Actual Shader Performance0%vs0%
Texture Mapping Units4vs4
Texture Rate1.1 GTexel/svs1.9 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs4
Pixel Rate1.1 GPixel/svs1.9 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)-vs2048x1536
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-74 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model1.3vs2.0
Open GL1.5vs1.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM-2 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewQuadro4 550 XGL is a professional graphics card that will deliver similar gaming performance to GeForce4 MX 460, though worse due to the lack of support for gaming drivers, lower memory bandwidth and reduced frame buffer size, as well as a lower clocked central unit.The top-to-bottom family of NVIDIA GeForce FX GPUs provide both high-performance gaming for enthusiasts and best-in-class features for mainstream users. Whether you're a bleeding-edge gamer who desires the most advanced gaming technology available, or a PC user in search of the perfect combination of power, performance, and value--GeForce FX solutions deliver.
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