Wednesday, March 16, 2011

ASUS Launches GTX550 Ti DirectCU Range of Graphics Cards

ASUS Launches GTX550 Ti DirectCU Range of Graphics Cards

-- The NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti GPU redefines mainstream DirectX 11 gaming performance while ASUS’ DirectCU technology provides users superior cooling and overclocking capabilities --

Fremont, CA (March 15, 2010) - ASUS, the world’s number #1 motherboard manufacturer and leading innovator in graphics cards, is proud to introduce NVIDIA’s latest technology, the GTX550 Ti Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) that features superior DirectX 11 performance in its class and solid tessellation performance. The ASUS GTX550 Ti offers cutting edge DirectX 11 game performance by providing the graphics horsepower and video bandwidth needed to experience games in high resolution. This same power allows users to enjoy ultra sharp high-definition Blu-ray movies as well as eye-popping stereoscopic 3D* performance in games and movies.

Redefining Mainstream Gaming Performance.
At the heart of the ASUS GTX550 Ti DirectCU are 192 CUDA cores along with a refined design offering substantial increases in performance while running cooler and quieter than previous generation products. This is allows the GTX550 Ti to have an amazing price to performance ratio as well as great performance to watt numbers. Compared to the previous generation GTS 450, the GTX 550 Ti provides on average 28% faster performance and 20% more performance per watt.

Cutting Edge Microsoft DirectX 11 and NVIDIA Technology Support
ASUS’ GTX550 Ti DirectCU also offers support for the latest in immersive gaming technologies such as DirectX 11 and Tessellation. In addition to these cutting edge graphics technologies the GTX550 Ti Direct CU supports NVIDIA 3D Vision™, NVIDIA Surround™, PhysX™ and CUDA™ technologies. ASUS’ GTX550 Ti DirectCU additionally offers amazing scaling and a superior gaming experience by pushing on-screen resolution and image quality to new performance levels with NVIDIA SLI™ technology by combining multiple NVIDIA graphics solutions in an SLI-Certified motherboard such as ASUS’ Award Winning P8P67 Series. Rounding out the experience is support for NVIDIA CUDA allowing for advanced GPGPU or GPU Compute functionality with outstanding performance allowing for a whole other level of usage outside of gaming and multimedia enjoyment.

Product Highlights-
Great Overclocking Capabilities for a Superb Performance Experience
The GTX550 Ti continues in the tradition of recent NVIDIA GPU’s in offering a great overclocking experience for increased frame rate performance. ASUS takes this further with specialized designs and implementations such as the Award Winning Voltage Tweak that allows for on-the-fly adjustment to GPU Core voltage to extend overclocking abilities. ASUS GTX550 Ti DirectCU cards apply award-winning DirectCU cooling with all-copper heat pipes touching the GPU core directly for improved heat transference - running up to 20%* cooler than reference designs under full load. DirectCU has been designed to not only ensure cool operation but quiet operation under load meeting the needs of gamers with a design superior to the reference cards.

Super Alloy Power VRM delivery technology offers the best in high current, high quality and clean power to ensure strong performance and stability when overclocking. Used in chokes, capacitors, and MOSFETs, Super Alloy Power technology boosts graphics card performance by 15%*, lowers operating temperatures by 35°C*, and lengthens lifespan by 2.5 times* when compared to reference designs.

ASUS extends the already high performance of the GTX550 Ti by also releasing a pre-overclocked graphics card in our award winning TOP and ULTIMATE series. ASUS uses specially-selected and qualified TOP GPUs clocked at 975MHz and 1015MHz vs the core clock of 900MHz on reference designs. This ensures users an even better out of the box experience from ASUS.

Smart Doctor with Voltage Tweak!– Superior Controls and Maximum Overclocking
ASUS continues the tradition of offering superior graphics tweaking technology with our Award Winning Smart Doctor and Voltage Tweak technology. Users can easily make adjustments to options such as the fan speeds by adjusting a fixed value or defining fan ramp speeds based on temperature. In addition for users looking for the highest levels of performance Voltage Tweak is offered allowing out of the box adjustment of the GPU core voltage designed to increase overclocking headroom. Enthusiasts can take this even further by using the Overclocking Range Enhancement option for class leading overclocks.
Specification UL ENGTX550 Ti DC/DI/1GD5
(TOP edition) ENGTX550 Ti DC/DI/1GD5
(Reference edition featuring DirectCU cooling)
Graphics engine NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX550 Ti
Bus standard PCI Express® 2.0
Video memory 1GB GDDR5
Engine clock 1015 MHz overclock 975 MHz overclock 910 MHz overclock
CUDA cores 192
Memory clock 4200 MHz (1050 MHz GDDR5) 4104 MHz (1026 MHz GDDR5) 4104 MHz (1026 MHz GDDR5)
Memory interface 192-bit
DVI max resolution 2560 x 1600
D-Sub max resolution 2048 x 1536
D-Sub output YES X1
DVI output DVI-I X1
HDCP compliant Yes
HDMI output YES X1
Accessories bundled 1 x Power Cable
Software bundled ASUS utilities and driver
Dimensions 9.54” x 5.5” x 1.54”

Specifications are subject to change without notice.
PCB color and bundled software versions are change without notice.
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About ASUS
ASUS, the world’s top 3 consumer notebook vendor and the maker of the world’s best selling and most award winning motherboards, is a leading enterprise in the new digital era. ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today's digital home, office and person, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, displays, desktop PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia, wireless solutions, networking devices and mobile phones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 3,398 awards in 2010, and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with the Eee PC™. With a global staff of more than ten thousand people and a world-class R&D team of 3,000 engineers, the company's revenue for 2010 was around US$10 billion.