Performance in RPG
Dragon Age II
Although role-play games are generally not the heaviest of 3D applications, Dragon Age II turns to be quite a difficult test. The GeForce GTX 550 Ti can only yield 20 fps at the highest settings. The factory overclocking cannot save the day for the N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC because it increases the frame rate by less than 7%. On the other hand, the other tested cards, except for the Radeon HD 6850, can't offer a higher speed, either. So you may want to consider more advanced products if you are going to spend a lot of time on the continent of Thedas.
Mass Effect 2
We enforced full-screen antialiasing using the method described in our special Mass Effect 2 review.
Mass Effect 2 has rather low system requirements. Thanks to its increased clock rates the GeForce GTX 550 Ti allows enjoying this space opera even at 2560x1600. The MSI card is again about as fast as the GeForce GTX 460 768MB and Radeon HD 6850.