ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Edition Video Card Review

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Just Cause 2

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The next benchmark we used was Just Cause 2.  This is an open world action-adventure video game released in North America on March 23, 2010, by Swedish developer Avalanche Studios and Eidos Interactive published by Square Enix.  Just Cause 2 employs a new version of the Avalanche Engine, Avalanche Engine 2.0, which is an updated version of the engine used in Just Cause 

This benchmark component of Just Cause 2 is basically a 2 minute fly through of the demo level that records your average FPS which is great because it is perfectly repeatable. You can see that we maxed out the eye candy with 4x AA, 16x AF, and SSAO to high.

ZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 550 Ti 2560 x 1600:

Just Cause 2 Settings and Results

ZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1920 x 1200:

Just Cause 2 1920 x 1200

Odd Results:
We had a bit of an anomaly with this benchmark as the ZOTAC GTX550 Ti was reporting as fast or faster than the other two GTX560 cards at 1920 x 1200.  Knowing that the GTX550Ti has 192 cores vs. the GTX560 336 cores and a memory bus of 192 bit vs. 256 bit for the GTX560 this should not be the case.  In fact when we ran it at 1920 x 1080 the results dropped to around 26 FPS which is inline with the rest of the results.  

Just Cause 2 chart

Running at 19.8 FPS shows this card is not up to the task of max visual effects at 2560 x 1600 but a GTX550Ti card is not really intended to perform at that level.
We do not have an answer to why the ZOTAC card is performing so well at this one benchmark at this one resolution so we made multiple runs and took the middle result but still feel it is a bit skewed for the 1920 x 1200 resolution.
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