NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti Debut: ZOTAC, MSI and Asus - HotHardware

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti Debut: ZOTAC, MSI and Asus

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How We Configured Our Test Systems: We tested the graphics cards in this article on a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 motherboard powered by a Core i7 980X six-core processor and 6GB of OCZ DDR3-1333 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system BIOS and set all values to their "optimized" or "high performance" default settings. Then we manually configured the memory timings (DDR3-1333, CAS 7) and disabled any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The hard drive was then formatted and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the installation was complete we fully updated the OS and installed the latest DirectX redist, along with the necessary drivers, games, and benchmark applications.

HotHardware's Test System
Intel Core i7 Powered

Hardware Used:
Core i7 980X (3.3GHz)
Gigabyte EX58-UD5 (X58 Express)

Radeon HD 6870
Radeon HD 6950 1GB
Radeon HD 6850
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
GeForce GTX 460
GeForce GTX 550 Ti x 3
GeForce GTS 450 OC

6GB OCZ DDR3-1333
Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX Nov. 2010 Redist
ATI Catalyst v11.1a
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers 266.58 / 267.59

Benchmarks Used:

Unigine Heaven v2.1
Futuremark 3DMark11
FarCry 2
Just Cause 2
Alien vs. Predator
Metro 2033
Lost Planet 2
F1 2010*

* - Custom benchmark

Unigine Heaven v2.1 Benchmark
Pseudo-DirectX 11 Gaming


Unigine Heaven

The Unigine Heaven Benchmark v2.0 is built around the Unigine game engine. Unigine is a cross-platform real-time 3D engine, with support for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL. The Heaven benchmark--when run in DX11 mode--also makes comprehensive use of tessellation technology and advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion), and it also features volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm and a dynamic sky with light scattering.

The new GeForce GTX 550 Ti cards, whether running at reference or overclocked speeds, performs right in-line with our expectations. All of the cards we tested outpaced the GeForce GTS 450, but finished just shy of the mark set by the GeForce GTX 460.

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Every review of this card I've read has concluded the same thing, not enough performance for this price point. You can get way better cards(gtx 460 or 6850) for 20 dollars more. Hopefully people do some research before they get one of these. It does look like they run a bit cooler and use less power than the 460 and 6850 though.

Has anyone seen the EVGA annoucnement for the GeForce GTX 460 2Win??? It looks ba, I'm excited to see how they price it.

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Drake_McNasty:
I'm excited to see how they price it.

Drake, the 2GB, Dual GTX460, card you're talking about, (EVGA GeForce GTX 460 2Win!) is $429.00 with free shipping at EVGA.

It's about $100.00 less than the cheapest GTX580 is, but has faster performance according to EVGA's marketing team.

EVGA GeForce GTX 460 2Win
Part Number 02G-P3-1387-AR
Core Clock Speed 700MHz
Processing Cores 672
Memory Clock Speed 3600MHz
Memory Bandwidth 230.4GB/sec
Shader Clock Speed 1400MHz
Bus PCI-E 2.0
Interface DVI-I, DVI-I, DVI-I, Mini-HDMI
Product Warranty Limited Lifetime warranty
upon registration
Product Length 11.5in - 292.1mm

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Nvidia did the same thing AMD did with the 6870 and 6850 everyone expected performance to exceed the 5870 and 5850 respectfully but that was not the case.

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What I appreciate the most about all of the work that went into this detailed overview of the Nvidia GTX 550 Ti cards is that readers can see exactly where these card fit in the lineup of what's available and decide.But if it comes down to a minimal difference then the GTX 460 is a better choice.

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Yeah I have agree here. The 460 looks like a much better buy at about the same price.

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bob_on_the_cob:

Yeah I have agree here. The 460 looks like a much better buy at about the same price.

The 460's are proven monster over-clockers. They scale well in SLI too.

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realneil:

bob_on_the_cob:

Yeah I have agree here. The 460 looks like a much better buy at about the same price.

The 460's are proven monster over-clockers. They scale well in SLI too.

They scale amazing in SLI.

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I love new hardware, but as usual the game studios seemingly need to step up as usual. I mean the GPU's available seem beyond by 2 generations now what the software can do. Then especially so in SLI/Crossfire.

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Nice competitor! NVIDIA has a strong hold. This is a good addition to the NVIDIA line up. They needed this card to fill a very needed gap. I have been an NVIDIA fan for a LONG time, but lately ATI has made things interesting, and I am very interested to see how NVIDIA will handle the challenge! COWBOY UP and take the ATI head on NVIDIA!

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