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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 550M 2GB GeForce 8800M GTS
Cyberpunk 2077 1122% 1780%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1017% 1620%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 981% 1564%
Hitman 3 1489% 2346%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1619% 2546%
FIFA 21 516% 848%
Far Cry 6 1668% 2620%
Genshin Impact 1122% 1780%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1651% 2596%
Watch Dogs Legion 1078% 1714%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 550M 2GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTS.

The GT 550M was released over three years more recently than the GeForce 8800M GTS, and so the GT 550M is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GeForce 8800M GTS when running the latest games.

The GT 550M has 1536 MB more video memory than the GeForce 8800M GTS, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GeForce 8800M GTS has 22.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 550M, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce 8800M GTS is slightly better than the GT 550M.

The GeForce GT 550M 2GB has 96 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8800M GTS has 64. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 550M is 142 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 8800M GTS is 32. The GT 550M having 110 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GeForce 8800M GTS performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GT 550M transistor size technology is 25 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce 8800M GTS. This means that the GT 550M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce 8800M GTS.

The GeForce GT 550M 2GB requires 35 Watts to run and the GeForce 8800M GTS requires 50 Watts. The GeForce 8800M GTS requires 15 Watts more than the GT 550M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GeForce 8800M GTS to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GT 550M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed740 MHzvs500 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF108G92M
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date06 Jan 2011vs01 Nov 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth28.8GB/secvs51.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units96vs64
Actual Shader Performance7%vs2%
Texture Mapping Units16vs-
Texture Rate11.8 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units4vs-
Pixel Rate3 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power35 Wattsvs50 Watts
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GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.5vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-2330M 2.2GHz-
Recommended RAM4 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GT 550M 2GB is a middle-class Mobile Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Fermi 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.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GF108 which has 2 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 96 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 4 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 740MHz.

The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 900MHz.

DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Optimus, 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 35W, it is suited for 15" or larger laptops.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance only slightly above a desktop GeForce GT 430.

System Suggestions
We recommend a modest processor (Intel Core i3 Mobile) and 4GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GT 550M 2GB.
GeForce 8800M GTS is a high-end class level GPU part of the 8000M Series released by NVIDIA, in 2007.
Compared to today's most recent GPUS (e.g. GTX 580M, GT 540M) GeForce 8800M GTS is still a great a GPU.
Very demanding games games (e.g. Metro 2033, The Witcher 2) might run on medium settings (depending on the resolution used + DirectX version) and demanding games (e.g. Crysis 2, Skyrim V) are playable at medium or high settings smoothly. Moderate and less demanding games, like Call of Duty: Black Ops, will be maxed out easily....
The biggest hindrance GeForce 8800M GTS has is the limited memory size and no support for DirectX11.
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