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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 163% 232%
Hitman 3 242% 332%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 140% 204%
Resident Evil 8 163% 232%
FIFA 21 33% 68%
Grand Theft Auto VI 270% 368%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 133% 194%
Genshin Impact 163% 232%
The Medium 228% 315%
Far Cry 6 280% 381%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition.

The GTX 550 Ti has a 175 MHz higher core clock speed but 8 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the HD 5850. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 550 Ti manages to provide 5.4 GTexel/s better texturing performance. 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 175 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the HD 5850. This results in the GTX 550 Ti providing 20 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. 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 HD 5850, 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 HD 5850.

The GTX 550 Ti has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 5850, 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 68.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 5850, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 550 Ti is much better than the HD 5850.

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI has 384 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition has 1440. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 550 Ti is 691 and the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 522. The GTX 550 Ti having 169 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 HD 5850.

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI requires 250 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition requires 151 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 550 Ti and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5850. The GTX 550 Ti requires 99 Watts more than the HD 5850 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 550 Ti may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 5850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed900 MHzvs725 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF116-400-A1 (x2)Terascale 2 Cypress PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date15 Mar 2011vs30 Sep 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1025 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth196.8GB/secvs128GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units384vs1440
Actual Shader Performance33%vs25%
Texture Mapping Units64vs72
Texture Rate57.6 GTexel/svs52.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs32
Pixel Rate43.2 GPixel/svs23.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Wattsvs151 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs500 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHzvsIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 550 Ti put together using NVIDIA's SLI Technology.

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 consists of 2 GPUs Codenamed GF116-400-A1 which, together, offer 384 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 48 ROPs. The Central Unit is Clocked at 900MHz.

Each GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 192-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1025MHz.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 225W and 250W.

Benchmarks Indicate GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI's performance stands somewhere between GeForce GTX 560 Ti and GeForce GTX 570.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI.
Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition is a special edition of AMD's High-End RRadeon HD 5850, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit runs at the same speed.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer Remain the same.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System is now the Twin Frozr II Thermal Design, which is 12? cooler compared to reference cooling.

Without any overclocking out of the box, Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition is as fast as the reference Radeon HD 5850.
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