KFA2 Galaxy GTX 550 Ti LTD OC WHITE review -
Final words and conclusion
Final Words & Conclusion
So overall the GTX 550 Ti series is going to be interesting in the sense that it addresses a very specific market, it makes it a hard to pinpoint and position product though, that market probably is not the Guru3D.com audience. Fact remains that end-users with a monitor resolution up-to roughly 1600x1200 will get enough performance out of the card to have it play decent games with. Fact remains that a GeForce GTX 560 Ti you can much, MUCH more performance. Now it's not that the 550 Ti is bad product, no Sir... its the simple fact that performance is too far away from its bigger brother.
Performance wise, direct competitors would be the GeForce GTX 460 768MB and SE model and from ATI the Radeon HD 5770, and that last one can be found for 90 EUR already here in the stores.
NVIDIA literally cut in half the shader processor count and as such we see a tremendous performance difference of a product that should have been merely 20~25% slower opposed to that GTX 550 Ti.
Pricing however is everything,. These cards will start at 130 USD, and for the extravagant versions like tested today .. roughly 159 USD.
Looking at the product itself, KFA2 / Galaxy did a really fine job with this card. It really is a unique product in the sense that nothing, absolutely nothing is reference other then the GPU they had to solder on there. The white PCB, the proper cooling, the factory clock at 1 GHz, the faster memory, the component selection, the added power phases and connectors, the NEC Proadlizers yeah that's all really impressive. Next to that the cards remains silent and the temperatures really low.
Overclocking wise we pushed the card to really amazing stuff, we reached 1116 MHz on the core, 2232 MHz on the shader processors and pushed the memory towards 4850. Now for that to happen we did push the GPU core voltage towards 1.15V but yeah, the clock frequency this card series can take is definitely impressive.
So there you have it, again we state that the GXT 550 Ti does by far not have the thrill and excitement written over it as the GTX 560 Ti release had. But priced right though the card however can be an appealing alternative.
KFA2 brings a very sexy product to the market, we do wish that the NVIDIA GPU would have been a little more spicy but again, the cards won't be that expensive except for the more exotic models like shown today. The KFA2 GeForce GTX 550 Ti LTD OC White edition however is something special, very special.
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In this review we'll have a peek at the warmongers from KFA2 (Galaxy), they unleash this cute little beastly looking GTX 550 Ti LTD OC White edition graphics card. And to make it even more special, they slapped all components on a sexy white PCB again. Armed with that atypical looking cooler you'll learn that this product makes no compromises, you will not hear it, it will not run hot and it even comes factory clocked at a full GHz, quite amazing as GPUs seem to slowly pass that weird 1 GHz threshold.