NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
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  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 900
  • Max video memory 1024
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 4.1 Gbps
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2011
Performance 5.32

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 550 Ti sales 15 March 2011 at a recommended price of $149. This is Fermi architecture desktop card based on 40 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 1 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4.1 GB/s are supplied, and together with 192 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 98.4 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual slot card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 8.25" (21 cm). One 6-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 116 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

5.32%

of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 550 Ti's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating557
Value for money1.43
ArchitectureFermi (2010−2014)
GPU code nameGF116
Market segmentDesktop
Release date15 March 2011 (11 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$149
Price now$132 (0.9x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 550 Ti's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 550 Ti's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores192of 18432 (AD102)
CUDA cores192
Core clock speed900 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Number of transistors1,170 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology40 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)116 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Maximum GPU temperature100 °C
Texture fill rate28.8 billion/secof 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance691.2 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 550 Ti's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus support16x PCI-E 2.0
InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16
Length8.25" (21 cm)
Height4.376" (11.1 cm)
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectorsOne 6-pin
SLI options+

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 550 Ti: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount1 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width192 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed4.1 GB/sof 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth98.4 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 550 Ti. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display ConnectorsTwo Dual Link DVI-IMini HDMI
Multi monitor support+
HDMI+
Maximum VGA resolution2048x1536
Audio input for HDMIInternal

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 550 Ti, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (11_0)
Shader Model5.1
OpenGL4.2of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL1.1
VulkanN/A
CUDA+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 550 Ti. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 550 Ti 5.32
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • Passmark
  • Octane Render OctaneBench
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

GTX 550 Ti 2272

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

GTX 550 Ti 10229

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

GTX 550 Ti 1556

Octane Render OctaneBench

This is a special benchmark measuring graphics card performance in OctaneRender, which is a realistic GPU rendering engine by OTOY Inc., available either as a standalone program, or as a plugin for 3DS Max, Cinema 4D and many other apps. It renders four different static scenes, then compares render times with a reference GPU which is currently GeForce GTX 980. This benchmark has nothing to do with gaming and is aimed at professional 3D graphics artists.

GTX 550 Ti 20

GeekBench 5 OpenCL

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses OpenCL API by Khronos Group.

GTX 550 Ti 5305

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 550 Ti. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 44 Mh/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 550 Ti is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:

900p38
Full HD37

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 5−6
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
Battlefield 5 5−6
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 5−6
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
Far Cry 5 5−6
Far Cry New Dawn 5−6
Forza Horizon 4 5−6
Hitman 3 5−6
Horizon Zero Dawn 5−6
Red Dead Redemption 2 5−6
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 5−6
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 5−6
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
Battlefield 5 5−6
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 5−6
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
Far Cry 5 5−6
Far Cry New Dawn 5−6
Forza Horizon 4 5−6
Hitman 3 5−6
Horizon Zero Dawn 5−6
Metro Exodus 5−6
Red Dead Redemption 2 5−6
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 5−6
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 5−6
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 5−6
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
Battlefield 5 5−6
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
Far Cry 5 5−6
Far Cry New Dawn 5−6
Forza Horizon 4 5−6
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 5−6
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 5−6
Hitman 3 5−6
Horizon Zero Dawn 5−6
Metro Exodus 5−6
Red Dead Redemption 2 5−6
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 5−6

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 5−6
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
Battlefield 5 5−6
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
Far Cry 5 5−6
Far Cry New Dawn 5−6
Forza Horizon 4 5−6
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 5−6
Hitman 3 5−6
Horizon Zero Dawn 5−6
Metro Exodus 5−6
Red Dead Redemption 2 5−6
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 5−6
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 5−6

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 5−6
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
Battlefield 5 5−6
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
Far Cry 5 5−6
Far Cry New Dawn 5−6
Forza Horizon 4 5−6
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 550 Ti performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 550 Ti from AMD is Radeon HD 4890, which is slower by 2% and lower by 5 positions in our rating.

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