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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II OC 2GB GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 235% 366%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 235% 366%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 213% 335%
Cyberpunk 2077 360% 540%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 360% 540%
Borderlands 3 254% 392%
FIFA 20 79% 148%
The Outer Worlds 207% 327%
eFootball PES 2020 129% 218%
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 407% 605%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II OC 2GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Edition.

The GTX 650 Ti has a 70 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 550 Ti. This results in the GTX 650 Ti providing 33.6 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 70 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 6.1 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 GTX 650 Ti has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 550 Ti, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GTX 550 Ti has 12.1 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 650 Ti DirectCU II OC 2GB has 768 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Edition has 192. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 650 Ti is 753 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 550 Ti is 349. The GTX 650 Ti having 404 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.

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II OC 2GB requires 150 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Edition.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed980 MHzvs910 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureKepler GK106-220-A1Fermi GF116-400-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date01 Oct 2012vs01 Mar 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
7.1
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6.2
1920x1080
5.6
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4.8
2560x1440
3.8
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2.9
3840x2160
2.4
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1350 MHzvs1026 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth86.4GB/secvs98.5GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB vs green tick 384 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units768vs192
Actual Shader Performance36%vs17%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units64vs32
Texture Rate62.7 GTexel/svs29.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs24
Pixel Rate15.7 GPixel/svs21.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Watts-
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GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

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

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II OC 2GB is a special edition of the fast-middle-class GeForce GTX 650 Ti.
This edition features a new and better cooling system called DirectCU II with that utilizes direct contact copper heatpipes so heat is dissipated efficiently, delivering a 20% cooler and vastly quieter performance than reference according to Asus and an increase in the central clock that went from 928MHz to 980MHz. The Memory clock was left untouched.
This edition performs better than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II OC 2GB because it's higher clocked and not because of the extra video memory.
Benchmarks indicate there's a 2.5% boost when compared to the reference GeForce GTX 650 Ti. Consumers will want to get the TOP version for superior performance.
GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Edition is a special edition of the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. See the page of the standard version for more information.
The features include better cooling and an increase on the core-clock from 900MHz to 910MHz.
Benchmarks indicate the performance is basically the same.
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.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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