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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 550 Ti Gigabyte OC Edition GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition OC 1GB
Cyberpunk 2077 373% 250%
Hitman 3 515% 356%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 333% 221%
Resident Evil 8 373% 250%
FIFA 21 139% 77%
Grand Theft Auto VI 566% 393%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 319% 210%
Genshin Impact 373% 250%
The Medium 490% 337%
Far Cry 6 584% 407%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition OC 1GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti Gigabyte OC Edition.

The GTX 650 Ti has a 23 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 550 Ti. This results in the GTX 650 Ti providing 32.6 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 650 Ti has a 23 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 550 Ti, but the GTX 550 Ti has 8 more Render Output Units than the GTX 650 Ti. As a result, the GTX 550 Ti exhibits a 7.4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 650 Ti. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 650 Ti was released over a year more recently than the GTX 550 Ti, and so the GTX 650 Ti is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 550 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti Gigabyte OC Edition and the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition OC 1GB have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 550 Ti has 14.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 650 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 550 Ti is slightly better than the GTX 650 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti Gigabyte OC Edition has 192 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition OC 1GB has 768. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 550 Ti is 372 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 650 Ti is 763. The GTX 650 Ti having 391 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 650 Ti delivers a slightly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 550 Ti.

The GTX 650 Ti transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 550 Ti. This means that the GTX 650 Ti is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 550 Ti.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 550 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed970 MHzvs993 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF116-400-A1Kepler GK106-220-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date01 Jul 2011vs01 Oct 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
6.4
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7.2
1920x1080
4.9
vs green tick
5.6
2560x1440
3
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3.9
3840x2160 - vs green tick
2.5

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1050 MHzvs1350 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth100.8GB/secvs86.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 384 KB green tick vs 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units192vs768
Actual Shader Performance18%vs37%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units32vs64
Texture Rate31 GTexel/svs63.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units24vs16
Pixel Rate23.3 GPixel/svs15.9 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power--
Recommended PSU400 Watts-

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-2100 3.1GHzvsIntel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 550 Ti Gigabyte OC Edition is a special edition of the upper-middle-class GeForce GTX 550 Ti.
The new features include increase clock frequencies from 900MHz to 970MHz and 1025MHz to 1050MHz of the core and memory clocks, respectively and a new cooling system with a custom-designed 10cm fan.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% boost in performance when compared to the standard GeForce GTX 550 Ti.
Some modern demanding games will run at the highest settings using a 1080p resolution but the largest part will have to be played with a 720p resolution to be played optimally.
This Graphics Card needs to be paired with a decent Quad Core CPU.
GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition OC 1GB is a special edition of the fast-middle-class GeForce GTX 650 Ti.
This edition features a new and better cooling system called Cyclone II Thermal Design with Dust Removal technology and an increase in the central clock that went from 928MHz to 993MHz. The Memory clock was left untouched.
The overclocking is relevant and benchmarks indicate there's a 4% boost when compared to the reference GeForce GTX 650 Ti.
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