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 Medium Quality Settings Medium Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 77.4 FPS 81.8 FPS 4.4 (6%)
Average 1440p Performance 55.4 FPS 58.8 FPS 3.4 (6%)
Average 4K Performance 30.7 FPS 32.8 FPS 2.1 (7%)
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
58
65.0
66
74.0
2019 Anthem
55
61.8
60
67.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
58
64.5
65
73.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
65
72.5
69
77.5
2019 Metro Exodus
56
63.3
59
65.6
2019 World War Z
62
69.5
66
73.7
2019 Gears of War 5
60
66.7
63
70.0
2019 F1 2019
62
69.4
66
73.5
2019 GreedFall
61
68.1
64
71.8
2019 Borderlands 3
58
64.5
60
67.1
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
65
72.3
69
77.3
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
56
62.3
57
64.2
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
59
65.9
62
68.9
2018 Just Cause 4
59
66.6
62
69.8
2018 Monster Hunter: World
60
67.4
63
70.9
2018 Strange Brigade
65
73.2
70
78.5
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
63
70.7
67
75.2
2017 For Honor
68
75.6
73
81.6
2017 Project CARS 2
62
69.9
66
74.1
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
65
72.8
70
77.9
2016 Dishonored 2
59
66.1
62
69.2
2015 Rocket League
101
113.0
117
130.5
2015 Need For Speed
64
71.8
69
76.7
2015 Project CARS
64
71.2
68
75.8
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
75
83.7
82
92.2
2013 Bioshock Infinite
80
89.4
82
91.7
2013 GRID 2
103
115.0
78
86.7
2013 Total War: Rome 2
95
106.0
82
92.0
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
85
95.1
96
107.1
2011 DiRT 3
88
98.2
94
105.1
2011 Portal 2
119
133.2
130
144.7
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
79
88.0
71
78.9
2011 Batman: Arkham City
72
81.0
89
99.0
2011 Total War: Shogun 2
79
88.8
95
106.5
2011 Battlefield 3
78
87.4
84
93.5
2010 Metro: 2033
67
75.0
73
82.0
2010 Starcraft II
87
96.7
96
107.6
2009 League of Legends
116
129.3
136
151.8
2008 Crysis: Warhead
66
73.7
73
82.2

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
AMD Radeon HD 6850
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
42
52.7
47
59.4
2019 Anthem
40
50.6
44
55.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
42
52.6
47
59.2
2019 Resident Evil 2
45
57.1
48
60.5
2019 Metro Exodus
41
51.7
42
53.5
2019 World War Z
44
55.9
47
58.9
2019 Gears of War 5
42
53.7
44
56.1
2019 F1 2019
44
55.5
46
58.4
2019 GreedFall
43
54.7
45
57.4
2019 Borderlands 3
41
51.9
43
53.8
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
46
57.7
49
61.3
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
40
51.1
42
52.7
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
42
53.7
44
56.1
2018 Just Cause 4
43
53.8
44
56.2
2018 Monster Hunter: World
43
54.0
45
56.4
2018 Strange Brigade
46
58.0
49
61.7
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
45
56.6
47
59.8
2017 For Honor
45
57.4
48
60.9
2017 Project CARS 2
44
55.8
47
58.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
48
61.2
52
65.8
2016 Dishonored 2
43
54.6
45
57.3
2015 Rocket League
56
70.5
62
78.0
2015 Need For Speed
46
58.2
49
62.0
2015 Project CARS
46
57.6
48
61.1
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
51
63.9
55
69.4
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
62
78.6
70
88.6
2009 League of Legends
69
86.8
79
99.3

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
AMD Radeon HD 6850
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
20
29.0
23
33.0
2019 Anthem
19
27.5
21
30.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
19
28.5
22
32.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
21
30.5
22
32.1
2019 Metro Exodus
20
28.6
20
29.7
2019 World War Z
21
30.7
22
32.4
2019 Gears of War 5
20
29.9
21
31.4
2019 F1 2019
21
31.0
23
32.9
2019 GreedFall
20
28.6
20
29.7
2019 Borderlands 3
19
28.1
20
29.0
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
22
32.0
23
34.2
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
19
28.3
20
29.3
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
20
29.9
21
31.4
2018 Just Cause 4
20
29.1
21
30.3
2018 Monster Hunter: World
20
28.8
21
30.0
2018 Strange Brigade
22
31.5
23
33.5
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
22
32.3
24
34.6
2017 For Honor
21
30.7
22
32.5
2017 Project CARS 2
23
33.1
24
35.6
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
26
37.7
29
41.6
2016 Dishonored 2
22
31.8
23
33.9
2015 Rocket League
25
36.4
27
39.9
2015 Need For Speed
23
33.1
24
35.6
2015 Project CARS
23
33.1
24
35.6
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
23
33.3
25
35.9
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
38
54.3
44
63.3
2009 League of Legends
28
41.3
32
46.3
GTX 550 Ti vs HD 6850 with i7-2600K vs i7-975 at 1080p and medium vs medium settings
GTX 550 Ti vs HD 6850 with i7-2600K vs i7-975 at 1440p and medium vs medium settings
GTX 550 Ti vs HD 6850 with i7-2600K vs i7-975 at 4K and medium vs medium 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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