Performance in Synthetic and Semi-Synthetic Benchmarks
Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
We minimize the CPU’s influence by using the Extreme profile (1920x1200, 4x FSAA and anisotropic filtering). We also publish the results of the individual tests across all resolutions.
3DMark Vantage makes the relative strength of the cards clear enough. The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is twice as fast as the new GeForce GTX 500 series product, yet this is not a very poor result for the latter if you compare it to the other cards. The pre-overclocked MSI is only 5% faster than the reference GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which cannot change anything in the standings.
The N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC is doing its best to break away from the GeForce GTS 450 and prove that it's better than the reference sample. When overclocked, MSI's card outperforms the GeForce GTX 460 768MB and Radeon HD 6850, which is a surprise considering their hardware resources.
We use the Extreme profile here. As opposed to 3DMark Vantage, this profile uses a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels.
Futuremark's newest 3DMark is an ordeal for graphics cards. The reference GF116-based solution cannot notch 1000 points and the overclocked N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC is just a little better. Thus, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is overall equal to the Radeon HD 5770 and inferior to the Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 560 768MB in this benchmark.
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 Preview Benchmark
This benchmark makes wide use of tessellation to render the surface of the earth. The number of polygons per one frame can be as high as 1.5 million!
This benchmark prefers GeForce series products with high-performance tessellation units. Thanks to this, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is 20 fps faster than the GeForce GTS 450. The pre-overclocked N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC is twice as fast as the Radeon HD 5770 at 1600x900. So, the new card from MSI is going to be a good choice for paying this game.
Unigine Heaven 2.5 Benchmark
We use Normal tessellation in this test.
This benchmark is very difficult for any graphics card, and the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is no exception. Its performance is awful at high resolutions. When it comes to low resolutions, the N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC is about as fast as its main market opponent Radeon HD 5770.