Excerpt: Today we will take a look at Zotac’s newest mainstream graphics card which is based on the GF116 chipset. We will take a close look at the card itself and compare it against Radeon HD 6790 and HD 6850. Read further in this review and see how well it performs against them.
Summary: Zotac has engineer another great product once again and have listed the GeForce GTX 550Ti amp! Edition at a price that should appeal to the masses with positive sales. The Zotac Geforce 550Ti amp!
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Edition and Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI Tandem Performance Review
8 April 2011
Summary: Nvidia, the founder of the multi-card configuration concept, has been standing by the advantages of this approach for many years. In reality, “3dfx’s heritage” is a blessing for some and a curse for others. So, how are things with GeForce GTX 550 Titanium SLI configuration? Let’s find out!
Pros: Significant factory overclocking with warranty;, Best performance in its class;, Wide range of supported FSAA modes;, Highly efficient cooling system;, High performance in applications using tesselation;, Nvidia PhysX support;, Nvidia CUDA support.
Cons: Not very effective cooling system;, Low additional overclocking potential.
Conclusion: Despite a high overclock, the Zotac GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Edition, Zotac's implementation of Nvidia's latest GPU, faces stiff competition from other cards from the current and preceding generations.
Pros: Attractive price. Good overclock. Nicely sized.
Cons: Unexceptional performance. Comparatively high power usage. Blocks adjacent expansion slot.
Summary: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti adds yet another item to the overcrowded mainstream plate, in the GPU buffet. At the outset, any addition is a good one for the buyer, as it increases consumer choice and tends to affect pricing of other products in the segment, but then it also adds to the confusion.
Pros: Overclocked out of the box, Quiet cooler in idle, Mixed density memory chips help increase performance, Full size HDMI and full size DisplayPort output, Support for DirectX 11, Support for CUDA / PhysX
Cons: High power consumption, Noisy cooler in 3D, Still limited to two active display outputs per card, No triple or quad SLI option, DirectX 11 relevance limited at this time
Summary: Die GeForce GTX 550 Ti stößt in die Lücke zwischen GeForce GTS 450 und GTX 560 Ti und löst damit die GTX 460 ab. Allerdings ist sie dieser sowohl leistungsmäßig als auch vom Stromverbrauch unterlegen, obwohl die neue Grafikkarte mit rund 140 Euro etwas teurer ist.