Nvidia's Sub-$150 GTX 550 Ti Mainstream Graphics Card Hits Market

Pulkit Chandna

Nvidia on Tuesday welcomed a new mid-range part to its family of Fermi graphics cards. Based on the company's 40nm GF116 GPU, the new GeForce GTX 550 Ti is priced below $150, making it Nvidia's most affordable 500 series desktop card thus far.

The GTX 550 Ti is a fully enabled GF116 part featuring 192 CUDA cores, a 900-MHz graphics clock, a 192-bit memory bus, and 1GB of GDDR5 memory. According to Nvidia, the card is unique due to the uneven  way in which it arranges its memory among different memory controllers. The “mixed density” memory chips allow it to pack a full 1GB of graphics RAM despite its 192-bit memory interface.

“GeForce GTX 550 Ti is available in stores today for $149 USD and offers 28% faster gaming over the recent GeForce GTS 450,” Nvidia said on its blog. “For any of the GeForce 8600 GT owners out there who have been waiting to upgrade, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti offers a 500% performance increase over your GPU and support for DirectX 11 gaming. You’ll be equipped to crank up the visual quality in hot new games like Crysis 2 and Bulletstorm.”

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