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Saturday, 26 February 2011 12:52

PNY GTX 550 Ti tips up in EU listings

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€159+, 900MHz clock, coming March 15
Nvidia’s soon-to-launch GTX 550 Ti has tipped up in several EU listings with a few more interesting specs revealed by careless retailers. In this particular case we are talking about a PNY reference board, part number GMGX55TN2H1IZPB.

The GTX 550 Ti is a mainstream card based on Nvidia’s GF116 core. Why Nvidia chose to use the GTX prefix for this particular card is anyone’s guess, but it does appear that it will replace some GTX 460 SKUs as well.

Bear in mind that early listings are notoriously unreliable in terms of specs, but here’s what all retailers seem to agree on. The GF116 packs 192 CUDA cores and 32 texture units. The reference core/shader clocks are 900MHz/1800MHz. It features 1GB of GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit bus clocked at 4100MHz. Max power consumption is rated at 110W. No surprises here, the specs are in line with earlier leaks and rumours.

Prices start at €159 and judging by the price, the card should compete with AMD’s HD 6870 series based on the Barts XT core. In addition, the GTX 550 Ti will even end up about 10 to 20 percent pricier than GTX 460 boards with 1GB of memory and, quite worryingly, it costs about twice as much as reference GTS 450 cards, based on the GF106 core. You can probably see where we are going with this.

Mind you, the refreshed GF116 offers significantly higher clocks than the GF106, but it still has the same number of shaders and transistors (1.17bn). The GTX 550 Ti will also feature 1GB of memory rather than 512MB found on the GTS 450, but it will use practically the same PCB. Clearly, someone at Nvidia believes that changing the GTS moniker into GTX and tweaking the clocks justifies a price increase of 100 percent. We beg to differ.

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+22 #1 Nerdmaster 2011-02-26 13:25
How is it possible to replace a 460? It has less shader performance and less memory bandwidth. Also 110W tdp sounds strange. It should be closer to 130W. It would be interesting to compare it with 5770. 550 should be ~5% faster (if its 14% faster than 450).

Also the card will be cheaper than 150 euros for sure. Such price doesnt make sence. The actual price should be closer to 100 euros.
 
 
+5 #2 Jednica 2011-02-26 13:55
After the king of crap - GT440 Nvidia makes another fail GPU - GTX 550 Double price for a few herces more and about 10% of performance.

Oh why AMD didn't make new 6770/6750
 
 
+14 #3 nele 2011-02-26 14:31
Quoting Nerdmaster:
How is it possible to replace a 460? It has less shader performance and less memory bandwidth. Also 110W tdp sounds strange. It should be closer to 130W. It would be interesting to compare it with 5770. 550 should be ~5% faster (if its 14% faster than 450).

Also the card will be cheaper than 150 euros for sure. Such price doesnt make sence. The actual price should be closer to 100 euros.


Agreed. The price makes no sense whatsoever, not to mention the fact that it costs more than a 460, even in the 1GB version.

I have no idea why they chose it call it a GTX other than to make uninformed consumers think it's closer to a 460/560 than a 450, which it clearly isn't.

They should have called it GTS 550 or 540 and priced it closer to 100 than 150 euro. ;-)
 
 
+12 #4 Harry Lloyd 2011-02-26 15:03
Who's gonna buy that? The 460 768 MiB is cheaper, and a lot faster.
 
 
+5 #5 BernardP 2011-02-26 18:04
I know it's not glamorous, but...

What Nvidia needs most urgently is a new lineup of low-end cards to compete with low-end ATI/AMD graphics. I want to see new chips (no renaming) for the GT 540, GT 530 and GT 520.

Why does NVidia need these? Because many multimedia users/light gamers don't want to be stuck with Intel graphics in their upcoming Sandy Bridge upgrade.

And many of these users, for various reasons, prefer to get Nvidia rather than ATI for their discrete graphics.
 
 
+11 #6 SlickR 2011-02-26 21:34
The price is strange to say the least.
160 euros is same as GTX 460 1gb which would still be quite faster than this 550.

This 550 Ti should probably be 100 euros.
 
 
+5 #7 Bo_Fox 2011-02-26 23:30
Silly, GTS 450 has 1GB of memory. 512MB versions came later on, and are rather uncommon.

Like GTX 280 that dropped by $150 in 2 weeks after launch (yea, Nvidia's pipe dreams..), maybe this one should also drop by $100 in 2 weeks if all the numbers turn out to be true. Then I'd rate the next article 5 stars instead of 1 star just to make up for it being true.
 
 
+12 #8 TechHog 2011-02-27 00:06
How is this supposed to compete with the 6870? If the GTX 460 can't beat , how the hell does NVidia think that this can compete?
 
 
+3 #9 Cartman 2011-02-27 08:44
I also dont get this part is gonna compete with 6870...
Where i live GTX 560 cost the same as HD 6870.
EDIT: corection just a lil more
 
 
+4 #10 nele 2011-02-27 18:55
Quoting TechHog:
How is this supposed to compete with the 6870? If the GTX 460 can't beat , how the hell does NVidia think that this can compete?



Oh, it will compete with the 6870. Badly. :lol:

It's sarcasm guys, of course it can't compete with the 6870 or even the 460, but that's how they're pricing it.

When the name leaked, I thought they were just gonna aim it at OEMs or something, so system builders could slap a GTX sticker on their box for peanuts. It just makes no sense whatsoever... I guess the price will be adjusted days after launch.
 

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