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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 163% 163%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 140% 140%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 133% 133%
FIFA 21 33% 33%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 133% 133%
Watch Dogs Legion 153% 153%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 277% 277%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 149% 149%
Grand Theft Auto VI 270% 270%
Genshin Impact 163% 163%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the GTX 550 Ti and the GTX 560 Ti are equal.

The GTX 550 Ti has a 168 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 560 Ti. This results in the GTX 550 Ti providing 10.8 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 168 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 560 Ti. This results in the GTX 550 Ti providing 19.8 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 560 Ti was released less than a year after the GTX 550 Ti, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GTX 550 Ti has 768 MB more video memory than the GTX 560 Ti, 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 75.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 560 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 550 Ti is much better than the GTX 560 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI has 384 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition has 448. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 550 Ti is 691 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 Ti is 656. The GTX 550 Ti having 35 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 550 Ti delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 560 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI requires 250 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition requires 210 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 550 Ti and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 560 Ti. The GTX 550 Ti requires 40 Watts more than the GTX 560 Ti to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 550 Ti may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 560 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed900 MHzvs732 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF116-400-A1 (x2)Fermi GF110-270-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date15 Mar 2011vs29 Nov 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
8.4
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1920x1080
6.5
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6.5
2560x1440
4.8
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1280 MB
Memory Speed1025 MHzvs950 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth196.8GB/secvs121.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs 640 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units384vs448
Actual Shader Performance33%vs32%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units64vs64
Texture Rate57.6 GTexel/svs46.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs32
Pixel Rate43.2 GPixel/svs23.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Wattsvs210 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs550 Watts & 38 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

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

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

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.

Architecture
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.

GPU
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.

Memory
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.

Performance
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.
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition is a high-end Graphics Card based on the 270-A1 variant of the 40nm GF110 GPU of the Fermi architecture.
The 270-A1 variant of the GF110 Core comes with 14 SMx activated and thus offers 448 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs, on a 320-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5.
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition has its central unit clocked at 732MHz and its memory clock operates at 950MHz - same as GeForce GTX 570.
Compared to the regular GeForce GTX 560 Ti, the rated board TDP is around 40W higher but its performance surpasses it largely, while some factory overclocked versions surpass GeForce GTX 570.
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