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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 550 Ti Gigabyte OC Edition Radeon HD 6850 GigaByte Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 515% 352%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 515% 352%
eFootball PES 2020 206% 124%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 532% 364%
Grand Theft Auto VI 584% 402%
Borderlands 3 373% 247%
Red Dead Redemption 2 515% 352%
F1 2019 411% 275%
Control 685% 476%
Doom Eternal 285% 183%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 6850 GigaByte Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti Gigabyte OC Edition.

The GTX 550 Ti has a 150 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6850, but the HD 6850 has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 550 Ti. As a result, the HD 6850 exhibits a 8.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 550 Ti. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 550 Ti has a 150 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6850, but the HD 6850 has 8 more Render Output Units than the GTX 550 Ti. As a result, the HD 6850 exhibits a 2.9 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 550 Ti. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 550 Ti was released less than a year after the HD 6850, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti Gigabyte OC Edition and the Radeon HD 6850 GigaByte Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 6850 has 33.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 550 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the HD 6850 is noticeably better than the GTX 550 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti Gigabyte OC Edition has 192 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6850 GigaByte Edition has 960. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 550 Ti is 372 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6850 is 394. The HD 6850 having 22 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 6850 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 550 Ti.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 550 Ti and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6850. The HD 6850 has been recommended a PSU with 100 Watts more than the GTX 550 Ti. The difference is significant enough that the HD 6850 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 550 Ti.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed970 MHzvs820 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF116-400-A1Terascale 2 Barts Pro
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Jul 2011vs22 Oct 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
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1920x1080
4.9
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2560x1440
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1050 MHzvs1050 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth100.8GB/secvs134.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 384 KB vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units192vs960
Actual Shader Performance18%vs19%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units32vs48
Texture Rate31 GTexel/svs39.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units24vs32
Pixel Rate23.3 GPixel/svs26.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power--
Recommended PSU400 Wattsvs500 Watts & 25 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-2100 3.1GHzvsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1680x1050

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.
Radeon HD 6850 GigaByte Edition is a special edition of the powerful Radeon HD 6850.
It appears the only differences are the extra 45 MHZ on the core clock and 200 MHZ on the memory clock.
The performance is therefore better than the standard Radeon HD 6850 but still far from the next class GPU - Radeon HD 6870.
Very demanding games should run on high settings while less demanding games should be maxed out easily.
Recommended CPUAMD Athlon X2 7450
Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33GHz
AMD Opteron 1354
AMD Athlon II X3 440
Intel Celeron G1820T 2.4GHz
Intel Core i3-7100 2-Core 3.9GHz
AMD Athlon X4 880K
AMD APU A10-7890K Quad-Core
Intel Core i5-4570T 2.9GHz
Intel Core i3-4370 3.8GHz
Possible GPU UpgradesGeForce GTX 950 Zotac OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Galax KFA2 OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Asus DirectCU II OC Strix Gaming 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 EVGA Superclocked+ ACX 2.0 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 EVGA Superclocked 2.0 2GB Edition
Radeon HD 7950 Asus DirectCU II TOP 3GB Edition
Radeon HD 7950 Sapphire FleX 3GB Edition
GeForce GTX 760 Zotac 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 760 Zotac 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Inno3D iChill 2GB Edition
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