NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
vs
AMD Radeon HD 6850

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
AMD Radeon HD 6850
GTX 550 Ti HD 6850 Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMD Radeon HD 6850
Price $ 199.0 $ 199.0 0 (0%)
Year 2011 2010 1 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 85C 82C 3 (4%)
Max Fan Noise 53.3dB 50.7dB 2.6 (5%)
Recommended Power Supply 466W 477W 11 (2%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-2600K @ 3.40GHz ($197.99) Intel Core i7-975 @ 3.33GHz ($179.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0.0 FPS +0.0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0% 0.0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Low Quality Settings Low Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 123.4 FPS 127.8 FPS 4.4 (4%)
Average 1440p Performance 114.4 FPS 117.8 FPS 3.4 (3%)
Average 4K Performance 76.7 FPS 78.8 FPS 2.1 (3%)
Memory 1 GB 1 GB 0 (0%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 7.0 $ 6.9 0.1 (1%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 15.9 $ 14.0 1.9 (12%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 26.1 $ 23.0 3.1 (12%)
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Our Verdict: Upgrading from GTX 550 Ti to HD 6850 is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
AMD Radeon HD 6850
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
99
111.0
108
120.0
2019 Anthem
97
107.8
102
113.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
99
110.5
107
119.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
106
118.5
111
123.5
2019 Metro Exodus
98
109.3
100
111.6
2019 World War Z
103
115.5
107
119.7
2019 Gears of War 5
101
112.7
104
116.0
2019 F1 2019
103
115.4
107
119.5
2019 GreedFall
102
114.1
106
117.8
2019 Borderlands 3
99
110.5
101
113.1
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
106
118.3
110
123.3
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
97
108.3
99
110.2
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
100
111.9
103
114.9
2018 Just Cause 4
101
112.6
104
115.8
2018 Monster Hunter: World
102
113.4
105
116.9
2018 Strange Brigade
107
119.2
112
124.5
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
105
116.7
109
121.2
2017 For Honor
109
121.6
114
127.6
2017 Project CARS 2
104
115.9
108
120.1
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
106
118.8
111
123.9
2016 Dishonored 2
100
112.1
103
115.2
2015 Rocket League
143
159.0
158
176.5
2015 Need For Speed
106
117.8
110
122.7
2015 Project CARS
105
117.2
109
121.8
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
116
129.7
124
138.2
2013 Bioshock Infinite
121
135.4
123
137.7
2013 GRID 2
144
161.0
119
132.7
2013 Total War: Rome 2
136
152.0
124
138.0
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
126
141.1
137
153.1
2011 DiRT 3
129
144.2
135
151.1
2011 Portal 2
161
179.2
171
190.7
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
120
134.0
112
124.9
2011 Batman: Arkham City
114
127.0
130
145.0
2011 Total War: Shogun 2
121
134.8
137
152.5
2011 Battlefield 3
120
133.4
125
139.5
2010 Metro: 2033
108
121.0
115
128.0
2010 Starcraft II
128
142.7
138
153.6
2009 League of Legends
157
175.3
178
197.8
2008 Crysis: Warhead
107
119.7
115
128.2

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
AMD Radeon HD 6850
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
89
111.7
94
118.4
2019 Anthem
87
109.6
91
114.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
89
111.6
94
118.2
2019 Resident Evil 2
92
116.1
95
119.5
2019 Metro Exodus
88
110.7
90
112.5
2019 World War Z
91
114.9
94
117.9
2019 Gears of War 5
90
112.7
92
115.1
2019 F1 2019
91
114.5
93
117.4
2019 GreedFall
90
113.7
93
116.4
2019 Borderlands 3
88
110.9
90
112.8
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
93
116.7
96
120.3
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
88
110.1
89
111.7
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
90
112.7
92
115.1
2018 Just Cause 4
90
112.8
92
115.2
2018 Monster Hunter: World
90
113.0
92
115.4
2018 Strange Brigade
93
117.0
96
120.7
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
92
115.6
95
118.8
2017 For Honor
93
116.4
95
119.9
2017 Project CARS 2
91
114.8
94
117.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
96
120.2
99
124.8
2016 Dishonored 2
90
113.6
93
116.3
2015 Rocket League
103
129.5
109
137.0
2015 Need For Speed
93
117.2
96
121.0
2015 Project CARS
93
116.6
96
120.1
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
98
122.9
102
128.4
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
110
137.6
118
147.6
2009 League of Legends
116
145.8
126
158.3

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
AMD Radeon HD 6850
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
52
75.0
55
79.0
2019 Anthem
51
73.5
53
76.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
52
74.5
54
78.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
53
76.5
54
78.1
2019 Metro Exodus
52
74.6
52
75.7
2019 World War Z
53
76.7
54
78.4
2019 Gears of War 5
53
75.9
54
77.4
2019 F1 2019
53
77.0
55
78.9
2019 GreedFall
52
74.6
52
75.7
2019 Borderlands 3
51
74.1
52
75.0
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
54
78.0
56
80.2
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
52
74.3
52
75.3
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
53
75.9
54
77.4
2018 Just Cause 4
52
75.1
53
76.3
2018 Monster Hunter: World
52
74.8
53
76.0
2018 Strange Brigade
54
77.5
55
79.5
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
54
78.3
56
80.6
2017 For Honor
53
76.7
54
78.5
2017 Project CARS 2
55
79.1
57
81.6
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
58
83.7
61
87.6
2016 Dishonored 2
54
77.8
55
79.9
2015 Rocket League
57
82.4
60
85.9
2015 Need For Speed
55
79.1
57
81.6
2015 Project CARS
55
79.1
57
81.6
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
55
79.3
57
81.9
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
70
100.3
76
109.3
2009 League of Legends
61
87.3
64
92.3
GTX 550 Ti vs HD 6850 with i7-2600K vs i7-975 at 1080p and low vs low settings
GTX 550 Ti vs HD 6850 with i7-2600K vs i7-975 at 1440p and low vs low settings
GTX 550 Ti vs HD 6850 with i7-2600K vs i7-975 at 4K and low vs low settings

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti / i7-2600K

The GTX 550 Ti is more suitable for budget PC builds and less demanding games. With current 1024 MB RAM, the GTX 550 Ti can have serious memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. It is important to know that GTX 550 Ti 's max load temperature is very high and might require custom cooling solutions. This combination between GTX 550 Ti and Intel Core i7-2600K @ 3.40GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between GTX 550 Ti and Intel Core i7-2600K @ 3.40GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss.

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AMD Radeon HD 6850 / i7-975

With current 1024 MB RAM, the HD 6850 can have serious memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. This combination between HD 6850 and Intel Core i7-975 @ 3.33GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between HD 6850 and Intel Core i7-975 @ 3.33GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss.

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GTX 550 Ti vs HD 6850 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 550 Ti HD 6850
Board NumberP1050C223
Length8.25 inches 210 mm7.8 inches 198 mm
Outputs2x DVI1x mini-HDMI2x DVI1x HDMI2x mini-DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin1x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP116 W127 W

Clock Speeds

GTX 550 Ti HD 6850
GPU Clock900 MHz775 MHz
Memory Clock1026 MHz 4104 MHz effective1000 MHz 4000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 550 Ti HD 6850
Bus InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16PCIe 2.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 500Northern Islands (HD 6800)
Launch Price149 USD179 USD
ProductionEnd-of-lifeEnd-of-life
Release DateMar 15th, 2011Oct 21st, 2010

Graphics Features

GTX 550 Ti HD 6850
DirectX12.0 (11_0)11.2 (11_0)
OpenCL1.11.2
OpenGL4.64.4
Shader Model5.15
VulkanN/AN/A

Graphics Processor

GTX 550 Ti HD 6850
ArchitectureFermi 2.0TeraScale 2
Die Size238 mm²255 mm²
GPU NameGF116Barts
GPU VariantGF116-400-A1Barts PRO (215-0798006)
Process Size40 nm40 nm
Transistors1,170 million1,700 million

Memory

GTX 550 Ti HD 6850
Bandwidth98.50 GB/s128.0 GB/s
Memory Bus192 bit256 bit
Memory Size1024 MB1024 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

GTX 550 Ti HD 6850
ROPs2432
Shading Units192960
TMUs3248

Theoretical Performance

GTX 550 Ti HD 6850
FP32 (float) performance691.2 GFLOPS1,488 GFLOPS
Pixel Rate7.200 GPixel/s24.80 GPixel/s
Texture Rate28.80 GTexel/s37.20 GTexel/s

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