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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI GeForce GTX 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 163% 227%
Hitman 3 242% 325%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 140% 199%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 133% 189%
FIFA 21 33% 65%
Grand Theft Auto VI 270% 360%
Far Cry 6 280% 373%
Genshin Impact 163% 227%
Battlefield 6 242% 325%
Resident Evil 8 163% 227%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition.

The GTX 550 Ti has a 135 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 460. This results in the GTX 550 Ti providing 14.8 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 550 Ti has a 135 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 460. This results in the GTX 550 Ti providing 18.7 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. 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 460, 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 460, 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 78.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 460, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 550 Ti is much better than the GTX 460.

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI has 384 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition has 336. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 550 Ti is 691 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 460 is 514. The GTX 550 Ti having 177 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 550 Ti delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 460.

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI requires 250 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 550 Ti and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 460. The GTX 550 Ti has been recommended a PSU with 150 Watts more than the GTX 460. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 550 Ti may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 460.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed900 MHzvs765 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF116-400-A1 (x2)Fermi GF104-300-KB-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date15 Mar 2011vs01 Aug 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1025 MHzvs925 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth196.8GB/secvs118.4GB/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 Units384vs336
Actual Shader Performance33%vs25%
Texture Mapping Units64vs56
Texture Rate57.6 GTexel/svs42.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs32
Pixel Rate43.2 GPixel/svs24.5 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 Ampsvs450 Watts & 38 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 i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

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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 460 PNY 1GB OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 460.
The biggest features are increases in the core-clock that went from 675MHz to 765MHz and from 900MHz to 925MHz, respectively.
According to most benchmarks, the performance boost is around 8% when compared to the standard GeForce GTX 460.
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