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MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC Video Card Review
Author: Gabriel Torres
Type: Reviews Last Updated: March 15, 2011
Page: 1 of 13
Introduction

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti is the latest addition to the GeForce GTX 500 series from NVIDIA, coming with a nice USD 150 suggested price, putting it between the GeForce GTS 450 and the GeForce GTX 460 768 MB. The MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC comes with a custom GPU cooler and factory-overclocking, costing only USD 5 above the reference model. Let’s check it out.

In the table below we compare the main specs of the video cards included in our review. They are all DirectX 11 parts. The prices listed below do not include rebates. With them, the price of the Radeon HD 5830 drops to between USD 130 and USD 145, and the price of the GeForce GTX 460 768 MB drops to between USD 130 and USD 140. Prices were researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review, except for the GeForce GTX 550 cards, that we are publishing the suggested prices according to NVIDIA and MSI.

Video Card

Core Clock

Shader Clock

Memory Clock (Real)

Memory Clock (Effective)

Memory Interface

Memory Transfer Rate

Memory

Shaders

Price

GeForce GTS 450

783 MHz

1,566 MHz

900 MHz

3.6 GHz

128-bit

57.7 GB/s

1 GB GDDR5

192

USD 110 – USD 140

GeForce GTX 460 768 MB

675 MHz

1,350 MHz

900 MHz

3.6 GHz

192-bit

86.4 GB/s

768 MB GDDR5

336

USD 150 - 170

GeForce GTX 550 Ti

900 MHz

1,800 MHz

1,025 MHz

4.1 GHz

192-bit

98.4 GB/s

1 GB GDDR5

192

USD 150

MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC

950 MHz

1,900 MHz

1,075 MHz

4.3 GHz

192-bit

103.2 GB/s

1 GB GDDR5

192

USD 155

Radeon HD 5830

800 MHz

800 MHz

1 GHz

4 GHz

256-bit

128 GB/s

1 GB GDDR5

1,120

USD 156 – USD 175

You can compare the specs of these video cards with other video cards by taking a look at our AMD ATI Chips Comparison Table and NVIDIA Chips Comparison Table tutorials.   

NVIDIA is targeting this video card to users playing at 1680x1050 and this will be the resolution we will be using in our review.

Now let’s take an in-depth look at the MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC.

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