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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 163% 171%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 140% 148%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 133% 140%
Grand Theft Auto VI 270% 281%
FIFA 21 33% 37%
Genshin Impact 163% 171%
Far Cry 6 280% 292%
Hitman 3 242% 252%
Watch Dogs Legion 153% 161%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 277% 288%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition.

The GTX 550 Ti and the GTX 560 Ti have both the same core clock speed and the same Texture Fill Rate. 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 and the GTX 560 Ti have the same core clock speed of 900 MHz, but the GTX 550 Ti has 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 560 Ti. As a result, the GTX 550 Ti exhibits a 14.4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 560 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 GTX 560 Ti, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GTX 550 Ti has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 560 Ti, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 550 Ti also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 550 Ti has 68.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 560 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 550 Ti is much better than the GTX 560 Ti.

Both the GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI and the GeForce GTX 560 Ti Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition have 384 Shader Processing Units. The two GPUs are based on different architectures, but deliver an equivalent shader performance. To compare, we must continue to look at the memory bandwidth, Texture and Pixel Rates. In this case, the GTX 550 Ti has 14.4 GPixel/s better pixel fill rate and the GTX 550 Ti has 68.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth, but the has GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate. Overall, the GTX 550 Ti has significantly better performance.

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI requires 250 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 560 Ti Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 550 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed900 MHzvs900 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF116-400-A1 (x2)Fermi GF114-400-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date15 Mar 2011vs01 Jan 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1025 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth196.8GB/secvs128GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units384vs384
Actual Shader Performance33%vs33%
Texture Mapping Units64vs64
Texture Rate57.6 GTexel/svs57.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs32
Pixel Rate43.2 GPixel/svs28.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Watts-
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHzvsIntel Core i5-2300 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 550 Ti put together using NVIDIA's SLI Technology.

The Fermi Architecture is manufactured with a 40nm technology and uses a technique known as Hot Clocking: The Shaders are clocked twice as fast as the Central Unit. While this leads to a reasonable performance boost, it causes enormous amounts of energy dissipation, leading, ultimately, to a significantly higher operating temperature.
Fermi is also the first GPU architecture with fully cached memory access which increases memory performance.

It consists of 2 GPUs Codenamed GF116-400-A1 which, together, offer 384 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 48 ROPs. The Central Unit is Clocked at 900MHz.

Each GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 192-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1025MHz.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 225W and 250W.

Benchmarks Indicate GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI's performance stands somewhere between GeForce GTX 560 Ti and GeForce GTX 570.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI.
GeForce GTX 560 Ti Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition is one of the many special editions of GeForce GTX 560 Ti.
The new features include a new cooling system and an increase in the core-clock from 822MHz to 900MHz.
Benchmarks indicate the performance is around 5% better than the standard edition.
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