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Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti Review: Bridging The Budget Gap

Power, Temperature, And Noise Benchmarks

Without a reference GeForce GTX 550 Ti card at our disposal, the following benchmarks are limited to our factory-overclocked MSI and Zotac models (we simulated reference GeForce GTX 550 Ti performance in our previous game benchmarks by underclocking these cards). It’s reasonable to expect that a reference GeForce GTX 550 Ti will draw less power (and perhaps generate less heat) than these samples, so keep that in mind:

The Radeon HD 5770 uses surprisingly little power in this test compared to the competition (lower even than the GeForce GTS 450). The MSI and Zotac factory-overclocked cards out-power even the reference GeForce GTX 460 768 MB under a 3DMark 11 load.

MSI’s cooling claims are vindicated here with a mere 32 degree temperature over ambient during a five-minute FurMark stress test. The rest of the cards show approximately the same load temperature, except for the GeForce GTX 460 768 MB, a card that also performs quite coolly.

As we see here, there’s a potential price to be paid for the MSI’s cooling prowess: a relatively loud fan at full load. It should be noted that the result we experienced in the five-minute FurMark stress test did not occur during game benchmarks. Also, the noise reading is taken one inch from the card, so it's precise, but not comparable relative to measurements from the Radeon HD 6990 review, for example. Aside from this, the reference GeForce cards perform quietly at full load.

  • hardcore_gamer
    It consumes more power than the 6850, which is significantly faster.
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  • Pherule
    192-bit, good move there.
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  • AMD_pitbull
    So, when is the release date on this? Or is it going to be another paper launch by the green team?
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  • zooted
    So it consumes more power, and is louder than the 460 768, yet performs just about on par with the 5770? What was the point of this card?
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  • hardcore_gamer
    The far superior, less power consuming 6850 is available for only $10 more..This card is pointless
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  • scook9
    zootedSo it consumes more power, and is louder than the 460 768, yet performs just about on par with the 5770? What was the point of this card?To cost a lot clearly lol
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  • dark_lord69
    "On par with the 4870"
    "The MSRP of the new card is $149"
    Well.. in that case I'll stick with my 4870 that I bought for $80.
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  • sithtis
    zootedSo it consumes more power, and is louder than the 460 768, yet performs just about on par with the 5770? What was the point of this card?
    God i was thinking exactly the same... whats the point of that. a 460 768 cost around 140 and less noise less power better performance... i really really dont get it?

    6850 or 460 768 are the cards to get... here in Canada you can get a 5770 for less than 100$
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  • K2N hater
    @Don

    How about the minimal FPS? Any substantial change on FPS once all eye-candy settings are enabled?
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  • cleeve
    K2N hater@DonHow about the minimal FPS? Any substantial change on FPS once all eye-candy settings are enabled?
    Minimum FPS readings should be there for most of the games we've benched.

    As for adding eye-candy settings, not sure that makes sense for this class of card as it might push FPS down to unpleasant levels.
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