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Monday, 21 March 2011 10:00

Gainward GTX 550 Ti Golden Sample tested - 6. Conclusion

Written by Sanjin Rados

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UPDATED: Nvidia's new midrange on Gainward's steroids


Nvidia today launched its new mid-range graphics card dubbed the GTX 550 Ti. We received a special, factory overclocked version made by Gainward, the GTX 550 Ti Golden Sample. The GTX 550 Ti GS card’s GPU is up from reference 900MHz to 1000MHz, whereas the memory runs at 1800MHz.

Gainward did a good job with overclocking and reference cooling but even with all its effort, it didn’t do much to help Nvidia stage a surprise with its GF116 chip. GTX 550 Ti GS’ performance is pretty good and it will provide some nice gaming performance, but the competition is fierce and its price of €140, here, means that it has much to do to prove itself.

GOOD edition cooling keeps temperatures below 74°C, where Golden Sample’s cooler remains almost inaudible. Like reference cards, the GS’ I/O panel features a dual-link DVI connector. However, while the reference card uses mini-HDMI connector, the Golden Sample has a standard sized HDMI one.

Of course, GTX 550 Ti supports DirectX 11 and will consume around 116W in worst case scenarios. The card has 1GB of GDDR5 which judging by the results is enough for the card’s ticker – the GF116 chip.

In conclusion, Gainward’s GTX 550 Ti Golden Sample is a quality graphics card with pretty good performance, but pricing is something that might throw some users off. Having said that, the card will definitely be interesting to those who want a special flavored and silent GTX 550 Ti.

UPDATE: About one week after the original review, we managed to include more cards in our comparison charts. Results clearly say that Gainward GTX 550 Ti golden Sample card is much faster that reference based GTX 550 Ti, on average more than 10%.

Note that many partners slashed pricing last week in order to position the cards better, so Geforce GTX 550 Ti is available already at €122. Our test sample, Gainward’s GTX 550 Ti GS, is still a bit pricier but in return you get a quiet card with a nice punch.

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+6 #1 mamisano 2011-03-15 15:24
Too bad you did not include the 5770 - The 550ti is about 5-7% faster but MUCH more expensive!
 
 
0 #2 bardenck 2011-03-15 15:46
Quoting mamisano:
Too bad you did not include the 5770 - The 550ti is about 5-7% faster but MUCH more expensive!



i would have liked to see the gts 450 in there as well, just to have a baseline in the performance increase, i am looking to get a 450, 550 or cheap 460 for my wife's rig....
 
 
+6 #3 TechHog 2011-03-15 16:07
Quoting mamisano:
Too bad you did not include the 5770 - The 550ti is about 5-7% faster but MUCH more expensive!

Gee, wonder why it wasn't included?
 
 
+7 #4 Scootiep 2011-03-15 16:14
7% cheaper than the 6850 and 25% slower. Yet another example of nVidia pricing based upon brand recognition and not quality of product. Come on big green, get your act in gear.
 
 
+4 #5 bardenck 2011-03-15 16:30
Quoting Scootiep:
7% cheaper than the 6850 and 25% slower. Yet another example of nVidia pricing based upon brand recognition and not quality of product. Come on big green, get your act in gear.



that and without rebates you can buy a gts 450 for 109 and a 768mb 460 for 149... at most it should sell for 129, but at that point, you might as well go for the 460! i want to see it compared to the 450, but either way its a pointless card, unless they drop some prices.
 
 
+4 #6 MrScary 2011-03-15 16:45
Quoting TechHog:
Quoting mamisano:
Too bad you did not include the 5770 - The 550ti is about 5-7% faster but MUCH more expensive!

Gee, wonder why it wasn't included?


Becuase it will get to embarrased by the results:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Palit/GeForce_GTX_550_Ti_Sonic/13.html
 
 
+3 #7 Tranzz 2011-03-15 16:48
memory interface is 192bit not 128!
 
 
+5 #8 braindead 2011-03-15 18:41
Lol, not even tested against its main competitor, the HD 5770?

And the choice of graphics tests is very NVidia-friendly, what with a VERY tesselation-heavy test environment.

In an average of a normal game choice including DX9, 10 and 11 games the GTX 550 will come out equal to the HD 5770, so the OC version tested here will probably beat it by 10%.

But at what price?
The price is a power draw that matches the HD 6870, which offers vastly superior performance to the GTX 550.
 
 
+6 #9 TechHog 2011-03-15 22:04
Quoting MrScary:
Quoting TechHog:
Quoting mamisano:
Too bad you did not include the 5770 - The 550ti is about 5-7% faster but MUCH more expensive!

Gee, wonder why it wasn't included?


Becuase it will get to embarrased by the results:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Palit/GeForce_GTX_550_Ti_Sonic/13.html

Yep. The GTX 550 Ti is a whole 10% faster than 2009's 5770 and only costs 36% more! What a great buy it is!
 
 
+1 #10 123s 2011-03-15 22:18
Maybe it got a switch or something ? NV cant be serious with that one.
 

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