The Test System
The test system we used for the ZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 550 Ti card is an Intel i5-2500k ‘Sandy Bridge’ quad core processor running at stock 3.3 GHz, 4 GB of Corsair Dominator 1600 MHz memory, 700 Watt OCZ PSU, OCZ 100GB Vertex Limited Edition SATA II SSD with Window 7 Professional 64-Bit SP1 with all the updates, and a Seagate 7200 RPM 500 GB hard disk for additional storage. We used our Dell U3011 30″ flat panel display for all testing so we could go up to the maximum of 2560 x 1600 resolution this card supports.
The ZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 550 Ti was run with the latest Forceware 280.26 WHQL drivers that were just released on August 9th.
ZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 550 Ti comparison product and pricing notes:
In order to give a frame of reference we are going to compare our tests against the ASUS GTX560 DCII Top card we just finished testing. The GTX560 is the next level up in the GTX500 family and this one also happens to be a factory overclocked version. However, that card was selling for $257.86 shipped
against this card currently selling for $134.99 shipped
so please keep that in mind as you are looking at these next pages that it is not a fair fight so to speak. If you wanted just the reference model GTX560 with no factory overclock you can get this ZOTAC version for $196.04 shipped
. We call that out so you can see that it is roughly a $61.00 jump to the next platform from this one and then another $61.00 to top level overclocked version of the GTX560. Hopefully this helps you make purchasing decision between these budget GTX500 graphic cards.