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In terms of performance we have gotten mixed messages between older DirectX 9 and 10 games and the newer, and more demanding, DirectX 11 titles. While we have seen that the GTX550Ti is clearly faster than the Radeon 5770 in older games that is simply not the case when it comes to DirectX 11 games where we see these cards being equal. We have seen this before on the Radeon side which was easily resolved with a driver update. As for older games on DirectX 9 and 10 the GTX550Ti is already very mature and a leader among the mid-range market.
The GTX naming is often a mystery that may never get explained, but if nVidia's partners go for some big factory overclocks on these cards then the GTX name is well deserved. As we have seen these cards have great potential for overclocking and do so without much noise or excess heat. Combine that with an aggressive price point and we might see older GTS450 and GTX460 cards a thing of the past.
Very quiet cooling solution
DirectX 11 ready
192-bit with a full 1GB of RAM
Low power usage
Only allowed dual-card in SLI