Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti Review: Bridging The Budget Gap

Overclocking And SLI Benchmarks

Let’s see how effective the factory overclocks are on the Zotac GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Edition and MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II.

We’re also interested in seeing how much of a performance increase we can expect from two GeForce GTX 550 Tis in SLI:

The factory-overclocked GeForce GTX 550 Ti cards close about half of the performance gap between the reference card and the GeForce GTX 460 768 MB. This might take a little bit of the sting out of the news that the 768 MB card is being discontinued.

We can also see that a second GeForce GTX 550 Ti card is a viable SLI upgrade option, with a high potential performance increase. This will vary from game to game, but SLI and CrossFire have made great strides in consistency over the past few years.

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  • wild9
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    The MSRP of the new [GeForce GTX 550 Ti] card is $149 [£93], but real-world prices will fluctuate both above and below this number.


    Cheapest UK price could find was £129 inclusive of VAT, which I believe is the MSRP. So that would be +29% more expensive than the price mentioned above. You might be able to knock around £10 off that if you wait a bit (whoopy-doo).
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  • evilgenius134
    wild9Cheapest UK price could find was £129 inclusive of VAT, which I believe is the MSRP. So that would be +29% more expensive than the price mentioned above.


    That's because you cannot convert the currency from US to GBP for hardware.

    A rule of thumb is to just change the symbol and you get the price we pay in the UK.
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  • doive1231
    Power consumption is the most important feature for me. Interesting to note that the nVidia 550 Ti's have an idle power consumption less than the Radeon 5770 which is surprising. Considering casual gamers would use the cards at full whack sparingly, it could be argued that the 550 Ti's use less energy over time. Tom's did an article on this recently.
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  • wild9
    evilgenius134That's because you cannot convert the currency from US to GBP for hardware.A rule of thumb is to just change the symbol and you get the price we pay in the UK.


    I was converting the US MSRP, then comparing it to the UK equivalent, as well as the cheapest deal I could find at the time. My purpose for doing this was to try and show just how much more the British consumer may be paying on-line for the same product :)
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  • gdilord
    For South African prices, times the USD prices by ten and that's the price in Rands.
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  • aje21
    I liked the way the article started off in UK currency, but then slid back to US terminology before the paragraph was done...
    That way we know to treat prices with a pinch of salt.
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  • daglesj
    Nice to see Nvidia bringing out a competing card now for an 18 month old design from AMD for slightly more cost and same performance.

    Way to go.
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  • amstar
    Pointless release of a worthless card. A slower, louder, more power consuming and more expensive GPU than a GTX 460 768MB.

    Nvidia are going backwards, wtf...
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