Ah, those crafty European e-tailers; rumors about unannounced hardware would be so much less fun without them. The retailers' latest feat of premature product listing has shed some light on Nvidia's upcoming GeForce GTX 550 Ti, as you can see by checking price search engine Geizhals.
Right now, that search engine digs up several entries for a PNY variant of the card priced at €161.28 ($223) and up. Further digging reveals that AMD's Radeon HD 6870 cards sell for about the same over there, and that they start at $214.99 at Newegg—this might be one of the rare occurrences when prices on both sides of the Atlantic are comparable.
One of the listings on Geizhals uncovers a few key specs, too. The GTX 550 Ti apparently has a 900MHz core clock speed and 1GB of RAM with a 4100 MT/s data rate, presumably of the GDDR5 variety. Geizhals itself fills in some of the blanks, mentioning 192 stream processors and a 128-bit memory interface. Reports posted earlier this month suggest the GTX 550 Ti may launch on March 15, so we may see if all this information checks out before long. (Thanks to Fudzilla for the link.)
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