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So I've got two GTX 550 Tis and a GTX 560 Ti. In terms of performance and price they are incredibly similar ( 2 550s vs a single 560), so I decided to put them against each other and see what's what.

I have to admit that I used two different systems to check the performance as the 560 is under water and the two 550s ran on air, so I stuck to benchmarks that favored just the GPU such as Unigine Heaven 2.5.

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For the purpose of these tests I ran the cards on two different settings:

First one is the nVidia factory clocks, which means that it doesn't matter if the cards come pre-overclocked, I will test them at the frequency nVidia set for the reference design.

Second one is the maximum stable overclock I've reached with the cards in question.

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Cards in test:

EVGA GTX 560 Ti Superclocked Edition. 384 Shaders - 256 Bit Memory - 900 Mhz Core - 4212 MHz Memory Effective.

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Factory Clocks: 822 MHz Core - 4008 Mhz Memory Effective.

Max Overclock: 1040 MHz Core - 4840 Mhz Memory Effective.


MSI GTX 550 Ti Cyclone. 192 Shaders - 192 Bit Memory - 950 MHz Core - 4300 MHz Memory Effective.

Newegg Link

Factory Clocks: 900 MHz Core - 4100 MHz Memory Effective.

Max Overclock (Both Cards): 1040 MHz Core - 5200 MHz Memory Effective.

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As mentioned previously, the 560 Ti is under water with maximum tempertures reaching high 40s under Heaven 2.5. The 560 Tis are on air and the maximum temperture I recorded under Heaven 2,5 was 60C.

I did have the proper tools to measure power consumption but since I used two different systems, I knew that I could not use the data in an accurate comparison. Just by observation, I'm assuming that the SLI 550s use slightly more power when overclocked and under load, but use less when idle.

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As of right now, I've only used Heaven 2.5 to compare these two cards. If you guys want to see more tests that only tests the GPU, let me know.

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Here's the chart I've made so far. It only includes 6 different tests using Unigine Heaven 2.5 at the moment.

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Great reception. I guess nobody cares about the 550.

I do, even though I have no intention of buying one. Its nice to know how low/mid range cards like this perform.

Test it in ut3 if you have it please.
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I would have thought that 2 550 ti's would beat one 560 ti. I guess not. You learned me something today, thanks. thumb.gif
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I do, even though I have no intention of buying one. Its nice to know how low/mid range cards like this perform.
Test it in ut3 if you have it please.

I've ordered waterblocks for the 550 Tis so I have to wait for them to get here as I've already taken the cooler off in prepration. After that, I'll give UT3 a go.
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I would have thought that 2 550 ti's would beat one 560 ti. I guess not. You learned me something today, thanks. thumb.gif

Well The 560 ti is under water and most 560s can't reach over 1000 on core and 2400 on the memory.
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I've ordered waterblocks for the 550 Tis so I have to wait for them to get here as I've already taken the cooler off in prepration. After that, I'll give UT3 a go.
Well The 560 ti is under water and most 560s can't reach over 1000 on core and 2400 on the memory.

My 560ti hit 1000 core at 1.05v easy, it was an MSI Twin Frzr. The 550 ti's hitting those clocks on air is pretty good as well. But their stock clocks were already high. Still good though. Interested to see what they might do on water.
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I <3 fellow benchmarkers smile.gif Reference GTX560 Tis SHOULD hit 950Mhz core at least. I'd be surprised to see any that didn't. I typically run mine around 950/1900/2200(4400) @ 1.037v (Reference Sparkle GTX560 Ti), but I've gone higher.

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I've ordered waterblocks for the 550 Tis so I have to wait for them to get here as I've already taken the cooler off in prepration. After that, I'll give UT3 a go.
Well The 560 ti is under water and most 560s can't reach over 1000 on core and 2400 on the memory.

Why are you watercooling a GTX 550ti? Surely the water block costs more than the card itself!! Why bother with a low budget card? That money would have got you a second 560 or a bigger upgrade? frown.gif
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My 560ti hit 1000 core at 1.05v easy, it was an MSI Twin Frzr. The 550 ti's hitting those clocks on air is pretty good as well. But their stock clocks were already high. Still good though. Interested to see what they might do on water.

Yeah stock clocks are already too high so you can't push them much further.
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I <3 fellow benchmarkers smile.gif Reference GTX560 Tis SHOULD hit 950Mhz core at least. I'd be surprised to see any that didn't. I typically run mine around 950/1900/2200(4400) @ 1.037v (Reference Sparkle GTX560 Ti), but I've gone higher.
What are the full system specs of both PCs? I'm a curious lad wink.gif

Thank you smile.gif. It's nice to be appreciated.

Specs for 560 Ti system:

Sabertooth x58
i7 950 @ 4.2 Ghz
6 GB DDR-3 1600 Mhz 8-8-8-20

Specs for SLI 550 Ti System:

Striker II Forumla
Q9550 @ 2.86 GHz (Stock)
2 GB DDR-2 (Single Channel) 800 MHz 5-5-5-15

As you can see the 550s are fighting the 560 with a leg and an arm chopped off. Tiz nothing but a scratch!!, so yeah, that's why I want to stick to benchmarks that stress just the GPU as I know there's a remote chance of a bottleneck with the stock Q9550.
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Why are you watercooling a GTX 550ti? Surely the water block costs more than the card itself!! Why bother with a low budget card? That money would have got you a second 560 or a bigger upgrade? frown.gif

I'm using EK barebone blocks which are about 50 each smile.gif. Watercooling isn't always about performance... well it is, but it's more of a hubby for me and I wanted to see how they'd perform under water. I've never seen anyone have a SLI 550 Ti setup let alone under water so I want to test it out for myself.

PS: I got 2 more 560 Tis smile.gif.
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thats fair enough if you have money to burn i guess smile.gif The reason you won't have seen it is because it probably isnt a very cost effective solution and for the money you spend you could get far better. Only people who have the time, money and means will give something like this a go smile.gif It will be interesting to see how far you can push them
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