NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti to Launch Next Month

No official word coming from NVIDIA but according this site, the card is to ship next month on March 15th, 2011. They also ballpark that the card will cost about $200, while the GTX 550 Ti is based on the GF116 architecture – NVIDIA may tweak the transistor level for a higher performance-per-watt ratio. In terms of specs, this specific part will ship with a 128-bit memory bus (one of three 64-bit controllers disabled), 1GB of GDDR5 memory. It will also supposedly outperform AMD’s Radeon HD 5770 in DirectX 11 rendering by up to 35%, and up to 20% in DirectX 10 content.

Other reported traits include a 3-phase voltage regulator module for the core and single-phase for memory, twin dual-link DVI ports, mini-HDMI, and a TDP no higher than 110W. We’re having a hard time deciding whether a MSRP of about $200 would be asking too much for video card at this calibre (stacking up to a GTX 460 or a HD 6850). What do you guys think? Sound off in the comments below!

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