Monday, 21 March 2011 10:00

Gainward GTX 550 Ti Golden Sample tested - 2. A closer look at GTX 550 Ti GS

Written by Sanjin Rados

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

Just like Nvidia, Gainward opted for a dual-slot cooling cooler but Gainward’s solution is different from the reference one. As you can see from the pictures below, Gainward chose to use a large circular heatsink and an 8cm fan.

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The GTX 550 Ti GS’ plastic shroud is protected by nylon cover that should be removed prior to use.

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The card is only 19.2cm long and looks quite cute. The 6-pin power connector is at the end of the card. The fan uses a 4-pin connector and you can regulate RPM via Gainward’s ExperTool. Of course, MSI’s Afterburner or other similar tools will also do the trick.

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The memory is cooled by air passing through the heatsink, where the heatsink is so low that it almost touches the memory chips.

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Gainward  decided to use only one dual-link DVI, unlike Nvidia’s reference version that comes with two. However, Gainward did a good thing by using a standard HDMI connector, whereas the reference card has only mini-HDMI. Furthermore, Gainward’s card comes with one VGA out.

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The SLI connector means you can daisy chain two GTX 550 Ti for improved performance.

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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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