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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 715 MHz More than 25% higher clock speed
Much more energy-efficient idle power consumption 114W vs 160W Around 30% more energy-efficient idle power consumption
Slightly higher effective memory clock speed 4,104 MHz vs 3,600 MHz Around 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Quieter load noise level 41.2 dB vs 46.2 dB More than 10% quieter load noise level
Quieter idle noise level 40 dB vs 41.6 dB Around 5% quieter idle noise level
Higher memory clock speed 1,026 MHz vs 900 MHz Around 15% higher memory clock speed
Lower TDP 116W vs 160W Around 30% lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GTX 460

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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460

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Slightly more texture mapping units 56 vs 32 24 more texture mapping units
Slightly more render output processors 32 vs 24 8 more render output processors

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs 460

3DMark 11 Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 11 GPU performance

3DMark Vantage Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 10 GPU performance

3DMark06 Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 9 GPU performance

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti
44.8 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 460
77.69 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti
16.58 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 460
21.29 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation)

GeForce GTX 550 Ti
542.01 frames/s
GeForce GTX 460
727.64 frames/s

Reviews Word on the street

GeForce GTX 550 Ti  vs 460 

8.8
9.0
If you read our other GeForce GTX 460 reviews today you will have noticed that NVIDIA's reference design cooler is very quiet.
GeForce GTX 460

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