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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 550 Ti OC Graphics Card Review



/ 6 years ago

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It is a fact that most of us PC hardware enthusiasts are so concerned with what is happening at the high end of the graphics card market, that lower end cards like the GTX550 get forgotten among the more outrageously powerful, and sometimes outrageously expensive, cards out there. However, the lower end cards are what sell the best to the mainstream users who want to game without spending £200 on a top end card, but are clever enough not to opt for a console! More importantly though, the lower power found in these cards give manufacturers such as GIGABYTE the ability to do some amazing things with them, such as silent cooling and high overclocks. This is exactly what a buyer is looking for and appears to be exactly what GIGABYTE is offering- we will see how it does this later on.

The ability for manufacturers to customise cards with the GTX 550 Ti GPU is evident by just looking at a few examples. Many different USPs are created to appeal to different users who may be looking for good aesthetics or just plain overclocking performance. So every manufacturer is looking to set itself aside from the competition.

The GTX 550 Ti directly competes with a few existing cards on the market, most notably the GTX 460 which, after about a year after release, is still the king of the sub-£150 cards. nVidia will be competing with a few of it’s own GPUs as well as ATI’s HD5770 which is the GTX 550 Ti’s most direct competitor. So I assume nVidia will be aiming to knock the 5770 off it’s throne as the best budget card which it has held for about a year and a half. All-in-all there is a lot of competition both for nVidia against other GPUs, and GIGABYTE against it’s competitor manufacturers. So, I think we have given you enough background for this card, it’s time to take a look!

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* The entire materials provided herein are for reference only. GIGABYTE reserves the right to modify or revise the content at anytime without prior notice.
* Advertised performance is based on maximum theoretical interface values from respective Chipset vendors or organization who defined the interface specification. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
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* Due to standard PC architecture, a certain amount of memory is reserved for system usage and therefore the actual memory size is less than the stated amount.


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  • LabRat

    Hi i am about to buy this graphic card so i wanted to know does this card can support games like Cysis 2 or Batlefield 3 please help . I will only buy her if she can supprt thay kinda of games .
    Thanks ! 🙂

    • Jgnorrie4

      Hi LabRat. I've got this card and I'm having a lot of problems with bf3 but that could be other issues with my set up to. Other than that great card, it will run fallout new vegas and fallout 3 in high to ultra settings.

    • ErikStrahle

      I got the Overclocked version as in the testing here. And i play BF3 on medium settings with 40-50fps on a Intel core 2 duo. Crysis2 i havent tryed doh but BF3 in medium = No problem.

    • tomasz

      i can run bf3 maxed on this card as well as metro 2033 etc

      my pc specs are : mobo gigabyte z68x ud7, cpu i5 2500k oc 4.2ghz, psu cm silent pro m2 1000w, 8 gb ram ,seagate barracuda 1tb 7200rpm and gigabyte gtx 550ti oc.

      the only problem i have on metro/bf3/cry2 is you can play it maxed at about 35- 60 fps ,but when you enable advanced DOF (depth of field) it will kill your fps it will bring it down to bout 10-12 fps

  • Ernie

    I was thinking about picking up this card to replace my existing video card (8800GTS 640MB) and I was wondering about compatibility with the PCIe 1.0a slot on my motherboard (evga nforce 590 sli – the "latest" bios is from mid 2007). I found a lot of comments reporting problems with the HD5770 on the older motherboard but so far I can find nothing about the 550Ti. I know that it "should" be backwards compatible, but does it work that way in reality for this card?
    Thank you!

  • Pc2u2010

    i just bought a gigiabyte gts 550 ti oc edition 1gb.. was previously running a 9800 gt.. for starters the core speed is nearly doubled and the mem clock had x5 the grunt… massive bang for buck imo

  • Zadt_Protuner

    Gigabyte gpu product is excelent.I have o.c my GV-N550WF2-1Gi to 1000/2000/2553 1.125V Without anyproblem steady on 72C max with latest nvidia driver.The limitation on Core Clock at 999Mhz by nvidia.Hope nvidia can release new driver that can make room for oc on core clock like the older driver 280.** that dont have limitation on core and shader clock.

    I can reach up to 1090 Core clock with older driver at 1.137V 76C max temp with OCCT test 15minutes without any error.