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Zotac GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! review

Save your pennies, this isn't the card you're looking for

Our Verdict

A definite improvement over the GTS 450, but too expensive to seriously consider just now.

For

  • Fast GPU core and memory interface
  • Improved back-end is welcome

Against

  • Expensive compared to GeForce GTX 460
  • DX11 performance is lacking

Another new graphics card from Nvidia... Here's Zotac's factory overclocked take on it, the Zotac GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Newer means faster, right?

Right?

So, what is the best entry-level graphics card you can buy? How much should a DX11 capable graphics card cost?

Recent releases, such as the AMD Radeon HD 6990 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 have focused on high-end DX11 graphics, but what about the more-affordable DX11 graphics cards?

Those looking to get their hands on reasonable levels of performance haven't exactly been spoilt for choice lately. The likes of the Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 and AMD Radeon HD 5750 are looking a little long in the tooth now, but still hover around the £100 mark.

Could this Zotac GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! represent a new dawn for DX11?

Apart from a little tweaking of the name – the S has been transformed into an X and the needless Ti suffix has been added, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti suggests that this is a next-generation replacement for the existing Nvidia GeForce GTS 450. A card that originally shipped with a £100 price tag, but can now be had for a mere £88 if you shop around.

Unfortunately the way the market is currently priced up, the GTX 550 Ti actually sees itself sandwiched between the GeForce GTX 460 768MB and the GeForce GTX 460 1GB rendition.

Overclocked spins on this architecture, such as this Zotac GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! we have here has a price tag of £129, putting it directly up against the GTX 460 1GB version.

Here is a card that needs to pull some magic out of its silicon to impress…

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset ModelGTX 550 Ti
HDMIYes
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset SeriesGTX 500
DisplayPortYes
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameZotac
Standard Memory1 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.0
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width192 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologySLI
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
DVIYes
Number of DisplayPort Outputs1
Number of DVI Outputs2
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height111.2 mm
Cooler TypeFan Cooler
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Form FactorPlug-in Card
Length188 mm
ManufacturerZOTAC International
Memory Speed4400 MHz
Product ModelZT-50402-10L
Product NameZT-50402-10L GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Edition Graphics Card
Manufacturer Part NumberZT-50402-10L
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.zotac.com
Marketing Information

Elevate your gaming experience to the next level with the carefully tweaked and tuned ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Edition graphics card. By supercharging the engine, shader and memory clocks, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Edition is able to extract every ounce of performance available from the graphics processor to deliver class-dominating performance and clarity.

Package Contents
  • ZT-50402-10L GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Edition Graphics Card
  • DVI-to-VGA adapter
  • Dual MOLEX to 6-pin PCIe Power Adapter
  • Disc
  • User manual
API SupportedDirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.1