GTX 550 Ti vs GTS 450

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.20
 
1.36
Architecture
Fermi
 
Fermi
GPU code name
GF116
 
GF106
Market segment
Desktop
 
Desktop
Launch date
15 March 2011 (10 years ago)
 
13 September 2010 (10 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$149
 
$129
Price now
$188 (1.3x MSRP)
 
$139 (1.1x MSRP)

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
192
 
192
CUDA cores
192
 
192
Core clock speed
900 MHz
 
783 MHz
Number of transistors
1,170 million
 
1,170 million
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
40 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
116 Watt
 
106 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
100 °C
 
100 °C
Texture fill rate
28.8 billion/sec
 
25.1 billion/sec
Floating-point performance
691.2 gflops
 
601.3 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on 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 support
16x PCI-E 2.0
 
PCI-E 2.0 x 16
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
PCIe 2.0 x16
Length
8.25" (21 cm)
 
8.25" (210 mm) (21 cm)
Height
4.376" (11.1 cm)
 
4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors
One 6-pin
 
6-pin
SLI options
+
 
+

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
1 GB
 
1 GB
Memory bus width
192 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
4.1 GB/s
 
1804 (3608 data rate) MHz
Memory bandwidth
98.4 GB/s
 
57.7 GB/s

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x mini-HDMI
 
2x DVI, 1x mini-HDMI
Display Connectors
Two Dual Link DVI-IMini HDMI
 
Mini HDMITwo Dual Link DVI
Multi monitor support
+
 
no data
HDMI
+
 
+
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
2048x1536
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 
Internal

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
12 (11_0)
 
12 (11_0)
Shader Model
5.1
 
5.1
OpenGL
4.2
 
4.2
OpenCL
1.1
 
1.1
Vulkan
N/A
 
N/A
CUDA
+
 
+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. 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 6.00 +19.3%
GTS 450 5.03

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 +20.3%
GTS 450 1888

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 +4.8%
GTS 450 9758

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 1566 +19.4%
GTS 450 1312

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 +33.3%
GTS 450 15

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4541 +0%
 
4541 +0%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4541 +0%
 
4541 +0%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 550 Ti and GeForce GTS 450. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
44 Mh/s +10%
 
40 Mh/s −10%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

GTX 550 Ti satisfies 77% minimum and 65% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
77%
Recommended
65%
Minimum
77%
Recommended
65%

GTS 450 satisfies 76% minimum and 65% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
76%
Recommended
65%
Minimum
76%
Recommended
65%

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

 
GTX 550 Ti
GTS 450
900p
 
38 +35.7%
28 −35.7%
1080p
 
37 −2.7%
38 +2.7%
1200p
 
no data
27

Competitors of GeForce GTX 550 Ti from AMD

The nearest GeForce GTX 550 Ti's AMD equivalent is Radeon E8860, which is faster by 1% and higher by 3 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 550 Ti:

Competitors of GeForce GTS 450 from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTS 450 from AMD is Radeon HD 4870 X2, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 3 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTS 450:

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti

19.3% better performance in benchmarks

Somewhat newer (15 March 2011 vs 13 September 2010)

Wider memory bus (192 vs 128 bit)

Higher memory bandwidth (98.4 vs 57.7 GB/s)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450

Cheaper ($139 vs $188)

Lower power consumption (106W vs 116W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

So, which one is the better GPU?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti, since it shows better performance.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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