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MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II SLI Video Card Review
22 August 2011
Summary: The MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II is an impressive video card for what it is. MSI has taken the GeForce GTX 550 Ti GPU and created a great video card package around it. It is compact and features an attractive and very effective cooling device. MSI has incorporated its Military Class hardware on board, so that it will run stable, and run for a long time. The cooler MSI has outfitted on this video card works well, and keeps the video card cool under hot conditions.
Summary: Packing a GeForce GTX 550 Ti GPU each, we have a pair of N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II video cards that we are going to evaluate against a Radeon HD 6950, GeForce GTX 570 and even an overclocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti. At a total cost of only $260 we will find out if this dual-GTX 550 Ti action has what it takes to compete.
Conclusion: The MSI GTX550 Ti Cyclone II OC brings a lot to the market. With it’s upgraded cooler, factory overclock, and small size, it’s a great addition to a low to mid-range gaming computer. It performed right where we expected it to at 1680×1050 and at 1920×1200: just slightly behind the GTX460.
Conclusion: Important: In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II OC Video Card a rating out of 10. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar video card that has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a higher or...
Pros: Cyclone II cooler is excellent, Fan at 100% is not too loud, Very nice looks, Excellent build quality, Great value for money, SLI Support, Good overclocking headroom, Good power consumption, Variety of outputs: D-SUB, DVI-I and HDMI
Cons: Hot air from GPU exhausted into case, Extra height of card may cause problems in a small form factor build
Summary: GeForce GTX 550 Ti launched without much fuss and fireworks, but it is the mainstream solutions that usually find their way into our computer systems. Please meet our first candidate – MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC!
Pros: High quality of manufacture;, Can compete against Radeon HD 6850 when overclocked;, Wide range of supported FSAA modes;, Highly efficient cooling system;, High performance in applications using tesselation;, Low noise;, Good overclocking potential;, Nvidia PhysX support;, Nvidia CUDA support.
Summary: The MSI N550GTX-Ti was between 4% and 10% faster than the standard GeForce GTX 550 Ti, and since it comes with a better cooling solution and is only USD 5 more expensive than the standard GeForce GTX 550 Ti, it is a good option if you are thinking on buying a video card based on this latest GPU from NVIDIA.
The reviewed video card is, as expected, faster than the GeForce GTS 450, between 15% and 29% faster on our tests.
Conclusion: O problema com este novo lançamento, no entanto, é o seu preço. A menos que a NVIDIA baixe o preço da GeForce GTX 550 Ti de forma significativa, é melhor comprar a GeForce GTX 460 com 768 MB, que foi entre 15% e 49% mais rápida e pode ser encontrada na mesma faixa de preço, se você pesquisar um pouco. E mesmo que ela seja um pouco mais cara, veja se não vale a pena pagar um pouquinho a mais para ter esse ganho de desempenho.
Excerpt: Компания NVIDIA продолжает обновлять модельный ряд. Все новинки пятисотой серии являются доработанными старыми решениями. Основная работа инженеров была направлена на оптимизацию структуры GPU так, чтобы уменьшить токи утечки и поднять их энергоэффективность. Это позволило обновленным GF100 и GF104 в лице GF110 и GF114 продемонстрировать неплохой прирост производительности благодаря повышенным частотам и дополнительным вычислительным блокам, которые были неактивны у...