Gainward GeForce GTX 550 Ti Golden/Good Sample
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Three days ago we had the opportunity to check the latest HIS offering the Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X TurboX 1GB which is currently one of the best solutions in the mid-end performance/price segment of the market. Today we are testing yet another low/mid-end card the GeForce GTX 550 Ti GS 1GB, this time over however the card is manufactured by Gainward, one of the best Nvidia based graphics cards manufacturers and is based on the latest Nvidia GF116 chip.
Gainward Co. Ltd was founded in Taipei back in 1984 and their main goal was to produce a variety of PC video enhancement products. In 1989 Gainward starts production of new VGA technology and becomes a major developer for Tseng Labs ASIC in Taiwan. Their USA presence was officialized in 1991 and by 1992 Gainward was ranked Top 1000 Industrial companies in Taiwan. TNC Industrial Co. Ltd. merged with Gainward in 1997 and with that move they became one of the largest graphics cards suppliers, shipping more than 2 million boards during the year. In 2000 Gainward establishes their presence in Europe with a new branch in Germany while in 2001 they become an NVIDIA Certified Selection Solution Provider and NVIDIA Launch Partner. Gainward and Palit Microsystem Inc. merge together in 2005 to ensure a higher level of accessibility and the highest possible product quality. In 2006 they introduce a new company logo which they change again in 2008 when they become an AMD authorized partner.
Just like 10 years ago Nvidia has started using the same Ti (Titanium) extension with their cards and although it does bring back good memories to all of us who did have the chance to work with their GeForce 4 Ti models i can't help it but to think that it may confuse some people. In any case since i always judge a graphics card mainly based on its performance and price tag i was never much into names and so even things like renaming certain cards (something done by both companies in the field) never really ment a thing to me. Anyways let’s see what the latest GeForce GTX 550 Ti GS 1GB is capable of shall we?