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GTX 550 Ti Performance Problem

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September 4, 2012 8:07:29 AM

Hey guys,

I recently bought my new video card GTX 550 Ti 1 GB DDR5. Whenever I play GTA IV, Sleeping Dogs and even BattleField 3.. Every games sux on my new video card even though it is high enough to handle those game, but yoyo I can only run GTA San Andreas perfect xD.

I don't know whats the problem, before I had GT 220 1 GB DDR3 and it was running games perfectly but due to its low model, it can't handle infact. Then I bought new video card and still it sucks like my old GFX.

Can anyone please tell me what's the problem? :( 

Any help might be appreciated. :

Thank you.

a b U Graphics card
September 4, 2012 8:30:55 AM

Please list the rest of your system specs; CPU, motherboard, power supply, RAM, etc.
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a c 164 U Graphics card
September 4, 2012 8:32:28 AM

Specs? We don't know whats inside your computer.

I'm going to guess 1080 resolution? The GTX550TI isn't good enough to max out those games at 1080. You need a bigger GPU.
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September 4, 2012 8:51:07 AM

@4745454b it is good enough and can max out those games, 220 can do it.. GTX 550 Ti can't? 470 is good and can run any game, what makes you think it is not good enough? <:

My computer specs are:

System:

Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
System Manufacturer INTEL_
System Model: DH55TC_
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3CPU 530 @ 2.93GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.9GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM (8 GB).
DirextX Version: DirextX 11

Display:

Name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip Type: GeForce GTX 550 Ti
DAC Type: Integrated RAMDAC
Approx. Total Memory: 4064 MB
Current Display Mode: 1360 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor.

There you go.

EDIT: My Power-Supply watt is 400 and my Motherboard is INTEL xD
a b U Graphics card
September 4, 2012 11:14:06 AM

400W is defintely on the low side; what brand are you using?

Oh and by the way, the 470 is a MUCH faster card than the 550.
September 4, 2012 11:22:34 AM

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/519?vs=541

These are benchmarks comparing the GTX 470 to the GTX 550 Ti. It shows that Herr_Koos is indeed correct. The GTX 470 bests the 550 Ti in almost every scenario.

In all honesty, the GTX 550ti is a lower end mid range card. It's only suited to run games at 1600x1050 (at the very best), and you most likely won't be able to run them at max settings either if you want playable frame rates.

Furthermore, the GTX 550ti is leaps and bounds better than your old GT 220, I think you were just expecting to see MORE performance out of the card than it is capable of. Keep the resolutions at max 1600x1050, and keep the graphics options to a moderate setting, and you should be just fine. Also because of the limited amount of video memory, features such as AA will tax this card very heavily, so consider leaving those features out altogether on this board.
a b U Graphics card
September 4, 2012 11:24:15 AM

^ Very good summary. There is a reason the 550Ti is relatively cheap... I was considering it but then went for the Radeon HD6850 instead, because the 550 is a bit on the lightweight side for my taste. But it's not a bad choice if you're on a budget.
September 4, 2012 3:46:32 PM

So whats wrong? atleast it might run some games, isn't?

Is it power supply problem or? :( 

Please tell me.
September 4, 2012 3:59:52 PM

If your at 1080 bump the resolution down and you will find a lot of games are very playable just avoid aa and heavy af. Just a lower end card and it wont be able to run games but so well at higher resolutions.
September 4, 2012 4:02:22 PM

To answer your question: Card is fine, power supply is fine for your setup.

Like I said, there is nothing wrong with the card. It is just not a performance card. It will be able to play some games, but not at high graphics settings, and certainly not at high resolutions. If you're okay with playing games at lower resolutions (720p, or 1600x1050) at lower graphics settings, then the card should serve you well enough.

Your power supply is not the problem at all with this setup. BUT if you're thinking of upgrading to a better card, you will need to get a better power supply. Most cards require at least a 550W power supply, so bear that in mind if you're planning on upgrading. (though I wouldn't advise it, since your CPU might bottleneck higher end cards.

Also, you need to check what your monitor is capable of putting out. Is 1360 x 768 the highest resolution it can handle?

a b U Graphics card
September 4, 2012 8:58:24 PM

I still want to know what brand PSU you are using. A quality 400W may be enough, but a cheapie will likely not deliver the required power for such a relatively high-spec system.
a b Î Nvidia
a c 164 U Graphics card
September 5, 2012 1:43:23 AM

High spec? He on first gen core series, and not a good one at that. I honestly think the problem is he has lower end/midrange parts and expects to much from them. i3 and 550TI isn't going to max out Metro at 1080. Dial the settings down and be happy.
a b U Graphics card
September 5, 2012 6:55:20 AM

^First gen cores use more power than the current ones...

But yes, I suspect you are right.
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