ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Graphics Card Review

ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Graphics Card Revieww

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ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Graphics Card Review

ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Graphics Card Review

ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Graphics Card Review

ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Graphics Card Review

ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Graphics Card Review

Card Details

Here’s a summarized detail of the card.

ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Graphics Card Review

More details at the official product page

Test Setup

The computer setup used for this review.

ProcessorIntel Core i5-2500K
RAMKingston 2GB 1600 Dual-Channel Kit
MotherboardMSI P67A-GD65
CoolerIntel stock cooler
Monitor20″ Dell Ultra-sharp Wide-screen LCD
Power SupplyCooler Master GX 650W
Operating SystemWindows 7 32bit
Driver VersionnVidia GeForce Driver Release 270.61

The Performance

World In Conflict

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

CardAverage
ASUS GTX 550 Ti45
MSI GTS 45034
Leadtek GTX 46058

Looks like it’s in between the GTS 450 and GTX 460.

Crysis

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

CardAverage
ASUS GTX 550 Ti18.61
MSI GTS 45018.17
Leadtek GTX 46024.22

Just slightly faster than the GTS 450.

Mafia II

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

CardAverage
ASUS GTX 550 Ti30
MSI GTS 450N/A
Leadtek GTX 46034

Looks pretty close.

Furmark

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

CardAverage
ASUS GTX 550 Ti52
MSI GTS 45040
Leadtek GTX 46064

Again, it’s in between the GTS 450 and GTX 460.

Unigine Heaven 2.0

Graphic Detail : 1680×1050, 4xAA, 16xAF, Tesselation at NORMAL.

CardAverage
ASUS GTX 550 Ti24.5
MSI GTS 45020.2
Leadtek GTX 46031.8

In between, but towards the GTS 450.

Operating Temperature

Furmark was used for graphic card stressing.

CardIdle (°C)Load (°C)Stress (°C)
ASUS GTX 550 Ti36°72°76°

Readings were taken when ambient temperature was around 25°C.

– Load, Furmark was run for 1 minute at 1680×1050 with 4xAA.
– Stress, Furmark was run under the Stress Test mode for 5 minutes.

I’m quite surprised at the heat level, considering a GTS 450 is pretty close in power consumption and runs cooler but certainly the heatsink performs admirably, only 4° gain on stress.

Power Consumption

A little more details on the maximum power consumption of the GTX 550 based cards.

System Power ConsumptionMaximum (w)
GTX 550116
GTS 450106
GTX 460160
GTX 470215

Reference

Conclusion

Asus has a good product here but in my opinion, the nVidia GPU just doesn’t seem attractive. This is something that plagues all brands, must thanks to nVidia’s nonsense naming again. Usually the a model of the latest generation would perform similarly or better than the previous generation’s next step higher model. One would expect a GTX 550 to perform closely to the GTX 460 but this is not the case.

The GTX 550 is crippled with 192bit bus width, the only plus point against the GTX 460 is that it consumes only about 2/3 the power.

Being the premium brand ASUS is, the GTX 550 based graphic card doesn’t seem that attractive, considering one could acquire a GTX 460 card at same or lesser cost. 🙁 So basically ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP is a good product made unappealing because of nVidia’s GTX 550.

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4 Comments

  1. Sweet matte black PCB.

  2. any plan to test folding ppd on this vga..? 🙂



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