Sunday, March 13, 2011

Asus GeForce GTX 550 Ti Gets Listed in Canada

After various Nvidia GTX 550 Ti models have made their appearance across Asia, Nvidia's upcoming GPU seems to have made it to Canada too as one Asus model has already been listed by two online retailers, with prices starting at about $171 US.

The card is officially called the Asus ENGTX550TI DC TOP/DI/1GD5 and one store has it listed at $166.95 CAD, while the other lists the card at $170 CAD, which translates into about $171 and $174 US, respectively.

None of the two stores provide additional details or a picture of the card, but, judging by its product name, Asus' creation uses a DirectCu cooling solution and packs 1GB of GDDR5 memory.

The DirectCu range includes a wide range of parts, including a GTS 450 model that we tested some time ago, and relies on using direct contact copper heatpipes for driving heat away from the card's GPUs into an aluminum heatsink. The generated heat is then dissipated by a large diameter fan.

By using this custom cooling solution, Asus manages to improve the thermal and acoustic characteristics of its boards while also offering a larger overclocking headroom.

From previous leaks that made their way onto the Web, we know that the GTX 550 Ti graphics card is actually based on the GF116-400 GPU and packs 192 CUDA cores, 32 texturing units, 24 ROP units and a 192-bit wide memory bus that is connected to 1GB of GDDR5 video buffer.

Its default operating frequencies are set at 900MHz, for the core, and 4,100MHz for the memory, but Asus' solution will most probably come factory overclocked to deliver a slight performance improvement over the reference card.

Thanks to the improved memory speeds as well as to the wider bus, the GTX 550 Ti provides 70% more bandwidth than the GTS 450, the graphics card it is meant to replace.

The GeForce GTX 550 Ti is expected to launch on March 15 and performance should fall between the GTS 450 and the GTX 460 768MB.


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