Nvidia has been riding the revised Fermi wave quite well ever since it launched the GTX 580 which squashed all rumors about Nvidia's doom in this generation's graphics card series. After that, we saw Nvidia dish out card after card which offered great performance per watt and in turn made AMD sit up and take notice. As always, AMD did the one thing it knew best - slash the prices of its existing cards like the HD 6850, HD 6950 and so on. If it couldn't compete with Nvidia in terms of frame rates, the only incentive for going for a lower performing card was the lower price which is exactly what AMD did.
The sub-10K segment is where the cards move in high volumes and get even higher as you climb down the price barrier, at least in India. The GTS 450 from the green team has been enjoying good success in the sub-10K segment as it's currently the fastest card out there. Just like we told you a few weeks back, Nvidia has launched a possible successor to the GTS 450 called the GTX 550 Ti. We don't think the GTS 450 will be discontinued as it has seen a price cut recently and now sits along with the HD 5770 making its life hell which I'm sure Nvidia finds amusing.
The sub-10K GTX 550 Ti will have slightly bumped up specifications as compared to the GTS 450. For starters, it is based on the new Fermi architecture with the same 192 shaders but more number of ROP units. Another major upgrade is the memory bus which is now 192-bit instead of 128-bit with the same 1GB of GDDR5 memory. ZOTAC sent us its Amp edition of the GTX 550 Ti which boasts of slightly heightened core speeds of 1000MHz as well as the memory speed has a slight bump. From these numbers alone, the GTX 550 Ti should be roughly 10-15 percent faster than the GTS 450 and this Amp edition should easily go a further. Let's see if it's worthy enough to buy it over the GTS 450.
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