Performance in Simulators
The new Formula 1 season has recently kicked off in Melbourne, Australia, with new drivers and new cars whereas in the world of 3D graphics Nvidia’s new card leaves the old GeForce GTS 450 far behind, enjoying a 30% advantage. On the other hand, the MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC, even when overclocked, is inferior to the two Radeons as well as to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti.
Performance in Strategies
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Like in the previous game, the new GeForce GTX 550 Ti leaves no chance to the old GeForce GTS 450 and is about as fast as the GeForce GTX 460 768MB. The only notable difference from F1 2010 is that the Radeon HD 5770 cannot outperform the N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC.
Total War: Shogun 2
Real-time strategies seem to become as heavy applications as Crysis and Metro 2033. The GeForce GTX 550 Ti is of course slower than its cousin GTX 560 Ti but most of these cards are unable to deliver a comfortable frame rate anyway, unless you reduce the graphics quality settings.