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Club3D GTX 550 Ti

CoolStream OC Edition

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Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 11.04.2011
Manufacturer: Club3D
Product Group: Graphics cards
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Power Consumption & Noise

 

Club3D GTX 550 Ti  - CoolStream OC Edition
 

The specified power consumption of the GTX 550 Ti is 116 watts, and while this isn't a lot for a modern day gaming card, in the power consumption test it's the AMD competitors that lead the way. Considering that the HD6850 is all-round a faster card, the 20 W difference in loaded power consumption seems a bit high. Comparing to the HD5770 it gets even worse, as here the difference is 44 W. At idle the GTX 550 does do much better, at 89 W it's the least power thirsty idler of this group.

During the testing the card remained reasonably quiet in our open test bench. A closed case around is always going to change the noise level and characteristics, but overall it didn't sound disturbingly loud.



Conclusion


PROS 
  • Overclocking
  • Competitor for the HD5770


  • CONS 
  • Power consumption
  • Packaging
  • Award
    Bronze Award!


    More than anything else the GTX 550 Ti is bridging the gap, Nvidia didn't have anything to directly compete with the AMD HD5770 and now they do. In fact they made such a close competitor to the said card it's impossible to choose between these two cards based on the performance alone. This means that the card is a good newcomer to the budget gaming market, but also that it definitely isn't the most exciting new GPU launch we've seen lately.

    Really the success or lack of it depends on the pricing of the cards, if you keep your eyes open it's possible to get more performance for the same money, but if the GTX 550 Ti suits your budget, just go for it. The Coolstream edition packs a custom cooler design and plenty of overclocking headroom.


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