NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
vs
AMD Radeon R9 280

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
AMD Radeon R9 280
GTX 550 Ti R9 280 Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMD Radeon R9 280
Price $ 199.0 $ 350.0 151 (76%)
Year 2011 2014 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 85C 66C 19 (22%)
Max Fan Noise 53.3dB 52.8dB 0.5 (1%)
Recommended Power Supply 466W 550W 84 (18%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-2600K @ 3.40GHz ($197.99) Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz ($284.99)
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 Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 21.4 FPS 40.0 FPS 18.6 (87%)
Average 1440p Performance 9.4 FPS 29.2 FPS 19.8 (211%)
Average 4K Performance 5.7 FPS 16.1 FPS 10.4 (182%)
Memory 1 GB 3 GB 2 (200%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 7.0 $ 7.0 0 (0%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 15.9 $ 9.6 6.3 (40%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 26.1 $ 17.3 8.8 (34%)
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Our Verdict: The R9 280 is faster by 211% for 1440p gaming. The price/performance ratio is much better for R9 280 .

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
AMD Radeon R9 280
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
8
9.0
32
36.0
2019 Anthem
5
5.8
20
23.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
7
8.5
30
34.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
14
16.5
41
46.3
2019 Metro Exodus
6
7.3
18
20.6
2019 World War Z
12
13.5
40
45.0
2019 Gears of War 5
9
10.7
27
30.0
2019 F1 2019
12
13.4
33
37.6
2019 GreedFall
10
12.1
30
33.9
2019 Borderlands 3
7
8.5
21
23.8
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
14
16.3
41
45.8
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
5
6.3
15
17.6
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
8
9.9
24
27.7
2018 Just Cause 4
9
10.6
26
29.8
2018 Monster Hunter: World
10
11.4
28
32.1
2018 Strange Brigade
15
17.2
43
48.3
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
13
14.7
37
41.2
2017 For Honor
17
19.6
49
55.0
2017 Project CARS 2
12
13.9
35
38.9
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
15
16.8
42
47.2
2016 Dishonored 2
9
10.1
25
28.4
2015 Rocket League
51
57.0
144
160.3
2015 Need For Speed
14
15.8
39
44.4
2015 Project CARS
13
15.2
38
42.6
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
24
27.7
70
77.9
2013 Bioshock Infinite
30
33.4
59
66.2
2013 GRID 2
53
59.0
73
81.5
2013 Total War: Rome 2
45
50.0
41
45.9
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
35
39.1
98
109.9
2009 League of Legends
65
73.3
185
206.1
2008 Crysis: Warhead
15
17.7
50
56.5

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
AMD Radeon R9 280
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
5
6.7
21
26.8
2019 Anthem
3
4.6
14
18.4
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
5
6.6
21
26.4
2019 Resident Evil 2
8
11.1
24
31.1
2019 Metro Exodus
4
5.7
12
16.0
2019 World War Z
7
9.9
26
32.9
2019 Gears of War 5
6
7.7
17
21.8
2019 F1 2019
7
9.5
21
26.7
2019 GreedFall
6
8.7
19
24.5
2019 Borderlands 3
4
5.9
13
16.7
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
9
11.7
26
33.0
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
4
5.1
11
14.4
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
6
7.7
17
21.8
2018 Just Cause 4
6
7.8
17
22.0
2018 Monster Hunter: World
6
8.0
17
22.4
2018 Strange Brigade
9
12.0
26
33.7
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
8
10.6
23
29.8
2017 For Honor
9
11.4
25
32.1
2017 Project CARS 2
7
9.8
22
27.5
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
12
15.2
34
42.6
2016 Dishonored 2
6
8.6
19
24.3
2015 Rocket League
19
24.5
54
68.7
2015 Need For Speed
9
12.2
27
34.3
2015 Project CARS
9
11.6
26
32.5
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
14
17.9
40
50.4
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
26
32.6
73
91.6
2009 League of Legends
32
40.8
91
114.5

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
AMD Radeon R9 280
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
2
4.0
11
16.0
2019 Anthem
1
2.5
7
10.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
2
3.5
9
14.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
3
5.5
10
15.3
2019 Metro Exodus
2
3.6
7
10.1
2019 World War Z
3
5.7
13
18.9
2019 Gears of War 5
3
4.9
9
13.7
2019 F1 2019
4
6.0
11
16.9
2019 GreedFall
2
3.6
7
10.1
2019 Borderlands 3
2
3.1
6
8.7
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
4
7.0
13
19.7
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
2
3.3
6
9.2
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
3
4.9
9
13.7
2018 Just Cause 4
2
4.1
7
11.4
2018 Monster Hunter: World
2
3.8
7
10.8
2018 Strange Brigade
4
6.5
12
18.3
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
5
7.3
14
20.6
2017 For Honor
3
5.7
11
16.0
2017 Project CARS 2
5
8.1
16
22.9
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
8
12.7
24
35.7
2016 Dishonored 2
4
6.8
13
19.2
2015 Rocket League
7
11.4
22
32.1
2015 Need For Speed
5
8.1
16
22.9
2015 Project CARS
5
8.1
16
22.9
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
5
8.3
16
23.4
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
20
29.3
57
82.4
2009 League of Legends
11
16.3
32
45.8
GTX 550 Ti vs R9 280 with i7-2600K vs i7-4770K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings
GTX 550 Ti vs R9 280 with i7-2600K vs i7-4770K at 1440p and ultra vs ultra settings
GTX 550 Ti vs R9 280 with i7-2600K vs i7-4770K at 4K and ultra vs ultra 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 R9 280 / i7-4770K

It is worth noting that the R9 280 is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. This combination between R9 280 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between R9 280 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 3072 MB RAM, the R9 280 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

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GTX 550 Ti vs R9 280 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 550 Ti R9 280
Board NumberP1050C386
Length8.25 inches 210 mm10.83 inches 275 mm
Outputs2x DVI1x mini-HDMI2x DVI1x HDMI2x mini-DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP116 W200 W

Clock Speeds

GTX 550 Ti R9 280
GPU Clock900 MHz827 MHz
Memory Clock1026 MHz 4104 MHz effective1250 MHz 5000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 550 Ti R9 280
Bus InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 500Volcanic Islands (R9 200)
Launch Price149 USD279 USD
ProductionEnd-of-lifeEnd-of-life
Release DateMar 15th, 2011Mar 4th, 2014

Graphics Features

GTX 550 Ti R9 280
DirectX12.0 (11_0)12.0 (11_1)
OpenCL1.11.2
OpenGL4.64.5
Shader Model5.15.1
VulkanN/A1.1.77

Graphics Processor

GTX 550 Ti R9 280
ArchitectureFermi 2.0GCN 1.0
Die Size238 mm²352 mm²
GPU NameGF116Tahiti
GPU VariantGF116-400-A1Tahiti PRO3 (215-0821330)
Process Size40 nm28 nm
Transistors1,170 million4,313 million

Memory

GTX 550 Ti R9 280
Bandwidth98.50 GB/s240.0 GB/s
Memory Bus192 bit384 bit
Memory Size1024 MB3072 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

GTX 550 Ti R9 280
ROPs2432
Shading Units1921792
TMUs32112

Theoretical Performance

GTX 550 Ti R9 280
FP32 (float) performance691.2 GFLOPS3,344 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance57.60 GFLOPS (1:12)836.0 GFLOPS (1:4)
Pixel Rate7.200 GPixel/s29.86 GPixel/s
Texture Rate28.80 GTexel/s104.5 GTexel/s

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