Monday, 21 March 2011 10:00

Gainward GTX 550 Ti Golden Sample tested

Written by Sanjin Rados

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UPDATED: Nvidia's new midrange on Gainward's steroids

 


Nvidia today launched its new mid-range offering dubbed the Geforce GTX 550 Ti. We did not receive the reference model but we believe you won’t shed any tears over it as our guest is none other than Gainwards GTX 550 Ti Golden Sample. As you probably know by now, the GTX 550 Ti is based on the 40nm GF116 GPU which sports 192 CUDA cores paired up with the 192-bit memory interface and 1GB of GDDR5 memory.

In order to stand out of the crowd that launched reference based GTX 550 Ti cards, Gainward overclocked the GPU and memory as well as implemented specially designed cooling. As far as availability goes, it’s quite likely that you’ll be able to purchase Gainwards GTX 550 Ti GS and other GTX 550 Ti cards already today, here.

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Reference GTX 550 Ti clocks are 900MHz for the GPU and double that for shaders. However, Gainward boosted its card by another 100MHz so the GS (Golden Sample) GPU runs at 1000MHz. GS memory clock is 4400MHz (efective).


The card’s cooler comes with a large heatsink and will take care of thermals. Maximum consumption stands at 116W (for overclocked GS card TDP is about 30W higher) and the card comes with one 6-pin PCI-Express power connector.



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+6 #1 mamisano 2011-03-15 15:24
Too bad you did not include the 5770 - The 550ti is about 5-7% faster but MUCH more expensive!
 
 
0 #2 bardenck 2011-03-15 15:46
Quoting mamisano:
Too bad you did not include the 5770 - The 550ti is about 5-7% faster but MUCH more expensive!



i would have liked to see the gts 450 in there as well, just to have a baseline in the performance increase, i am looking to get a 450, 550 or cheap 460 for my wife's rig....
 
 
+6 #3 TechHog 2011-03-15 16:07
Quoting mamisano:
Too bad you did not include the 5770 - The 550ti is about 5-7% faster but MUCH more expensive!

Gee, wonder why it wasn't included?
 
 
+7 #4 Scootiep 2011-03-15 16:14
7% cheaper than the 6850 and 25% slower. Yet another example of nVidia pricing based upon brand recognition and not quality of product. Come on big green, get your act in gear.
 
 
+4 #5 bardenck 2011-03-15 16:30
Quoting Scootiep:
7% cheaper than the 6850 and 25% slower. Yet another example of nVidia pricing based upon brand recognition and not quality of product. Come on big green, get your act in gear.



that and without rebates you can buy a gts 450 for 109 and a 768mb 460 for 149... at most it should sell for 129, but at that point, you might as well go for the 460! i want to see it compared to the 450, but either way its a pointless card, unless they drop some prices.
 
 
+4 #6 MrScary 2011-03-15 16:45
Quoting TechHog:
Quoting mamisano:
Too bad you did not include the 5770 - The 550ti is about 5-7% faster but MUCH more expensive!

Gee, wonder why it wasn't included?


Becuase it will get to embarrased by the results:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Palit/GeForce_GTX_550_Ti_Sonic/13.html
 
 
+3 #7 Tranzz 2011-03-15 16:48
memory interface is 192bit not 128!
 
 
+5 #8 braindead 2011-03-15 18:41
Lol, not even tested against its main competitor, the HD 5770?

And the choice of graphics tests is very NVidia-friendly, what with a VERY tesselation-heavy test environment.

In an average of a normal game choice including DX9, 10 and 11 games the GTX 550 will come out equal to the HD 5770, so the OC version tested here will probably beat it by 10%.

But at what price?
The price is a power draw that matches the HD 6870, which offers vastly superior performance to the GTX 550.
 
 
+6 #9 TechHog 2011-03-15 22:04
Quoting MrScary:
Quoting TechHog:
Quoting mamisano:
Too bad you did not include the 5770 - The 550ti is about 5-7% faster but MUCH more expensive!

Gee, wonder why it wasn't included?


Becuase it will get to embarrased by the results:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Palit/GeForce_GTX_550_Ti_Sonic/13.html

Yep. The GTX 550 Ti is a whole 10% faster than 2009's 5770 and only costs 36% more! What a great buy it is!
 
 
+1 #10 123s 2011-03-15 22:18
Maybe it got a switch or something ? NV cant be serious with that one.
 

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