|MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone-II OC Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Tuesday, 15 March 2011|
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MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone-II OC Video Card
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by MSI.
NVIDIA have completely blown away their previous generation GPU's with the introduction of the 5xx line up and now it is the turn of the GTX550-Ti to show the world what it is made of. Rumours of the specifications suggesting the GTX550-Ti is just an overclocked GTS 450 have been around for a while now but all the details have not quite been correct. The MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II OC video card looks a whole lot like its predecessor but as we have seen with the previous 5xx video cards the revised GF1xx GPU easily out performs its counterpart.
Also working in the favor of the GTX550-Ti is the 192-bit wide memory interface giving MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II OC video card 103.2GB/s memory bandwidth, which is closer to the GTX460 than the GTS450. Price wise the GTX550-Ti will fit in just nicely between the GTX460 and GTS450 and the Radeon HD5770, so let's find out where it fits performance wise. Benchmark Reviews aims to provide you with an unbiased review of the MSI N550GTS-Ti Cyclone II OC and report back our findings, keeping you informed on the latest technologies available on the market today.
For this review we will be comparing the MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II OC to the VisionTek Killer HD5770, ASUS GTS450 DirectCU OC and GTX460 video cards in our usual mixture of DX10 / DX11 synthetic benchmarks and current games to get a good idea where it fits in performance and price wise. We also intend to overclock the GPU to its limits and see if the Cyclone II cooler with its improved fan design has what it takes to cool a GPU effectively, so without further delay let's move on and get stuck in.