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MSI N550GTX Ti 1GB Review

airman    -   March 15, 2011
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Testing:

Testing of the MSI N550GTX-Ti will consist of running it and comparison cards through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of equal and greater capabilities to show where they fall on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles to give you an idea of how the cards perform relative to each other.

The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustment will be made to the respective control panels during the testing, with the exception of the 3DMark Vantage testing, where PhysX will be disabled in the NVIDIA control panel. I will test the cards at stock speeds, then overclocked in order to see the effects of any increases in clock speed. The cards are placed in order from highest to lowest performing in the graphs to show where the cards fall by comparison.

 

Comparison Cards

Overclocking:

  • MSI N550GTX Ti   1051/2102/1280MHz

Overclocking this guy is done through the widely available MSI Afterburner software, which allows for full control over graphics hardware. It allows core frequency adjustment, shader clock adjustment, voltage tweaking and fan speed adjustments. With this highly efficient cooler on this card, I should expect to see a good bit of overclockability of out it. With the ability to adjust voltage, this opens up an entirely new world in the limits of overclocking this card, while keeping the temperatures within reason. I was able to get the MSI N550GTX-Ti to hold stable at 1051MHz on the core, 2224MHz on the shader, and 2560MHz on the memory — all which scaled very well. The MSI N550GTX-Ti actually obtained the highest core clock out of all the comparison cards and in the top five on memory. I was very impressed!

 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

In the past, I had used MSI's Kombuster utility to check for stability coupled with the ability to run through the entire test suite. I have found that some game tests would still fail with this utility, so I have moved to testing with several games at maximum settings through several resolutions to verify the clock speeds that are listed below. Why the change? I have found some cards will play fine at a 4xAA setting, but fail when using 8xAA due to the increased graphics load. If it fails, then the clock speeds and tests are rerun until they pass.

 

 

  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Aliens vs. Predator
  2. Metro 2033
  3. Crysis Warhead
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  5. Just Cause 2
  6. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  7. 3DMark 11 Professional
  8. 3DMark Vantage
  • Usage:
  1. Temperature
  2. Power Consumption



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Video Card
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  6. Testing: Metro 2033
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  9. Testing: Just Cause 2
  10. Testing: Unigine Heaven 2.1
  11. Testing: Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  12. Testing: 3DMark 11
  13. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  14. Testing: Temperatures
  15. Testing: Power Consumption
  16. Conclusion
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