GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 550 Ti vs 260 among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

6.2

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti  based on its noise and power.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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Significantly higher clock speed 900 MHz vs 518 MHz Around 75% higher clock speed
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 4,104 MHz vs 2,016 MHz More than 2x higher effective memory clock speed
Better particle simulation score 143 mInteraction/s vs 26.34 mInteraction/s Around 5.5x better particle simulation score
Lower TDP 116W vs 182W More than 35% lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GTX 260

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 260

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Slightly more memory 1,792 MB vs 1,024 MB 75% more memory
Much wider memory bus 448 bit vs 192 bit More than 2.2x wider memory bus
Slightly higher memory bandwidth 112.9 GB/s vs 98.5 GB/s Around 15% higher memory bandwidth
More texture mapping units 64 vs 32 Twice as many texture mapping units
Slightly higher pixel rate 14.5 GPixel/s vs 7.2 GPixel/s More than 2x higher pixel rate

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs 260

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 550 Ti
44.07 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 260
29.52 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 550 Ti
16.59 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 260
8.66 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 550 Ti
547.8 frames/s
GeForce GTX 260
477.33 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 550 Ti
143 mInteraction/s
GeForce GTX 260
26.34 mInteraction/s

Video composition Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 550 Ti
30.2 frames/s
GeForce GTX 260
24.91 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Battlefield 4

Reviews Word on the street

GeForce GTX 550 Ti  vs 260 

8.8
9.2
NVIDIA's HDMI Audio design requires you to feed an audio signal to the card so it can be added to the HDMI Video stream from the card.
GeForce GTX 260

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