We may be starting to have a complete picture of Nvidia's upcoming GeForce GTX 550 Ti graphics card. Earlier today, VR-Zone posted some performance numbers obtained from an anonymous reader. The numbers suggest this card might fall short of being a compelling GeForce GTX 460 successor.
VR-Zone's numbers cover two tests: 3DMark 11 and a Lost Planet benchmark. In the former, the card's score lies between those of the GeForce GTS 450 and Radeon HD 5770. In the latter, the alleged GTX 550 Ti beats both cards by a good 20% or so. VR-Zone adds that the upcoming GPU will "continue the legacy of the GeForce GTS 450 by offering excellent headroom," too, which suggests we could see variants with substantially higher-than-normal speeds in stores when Nvidia launches this bad boy.
Based on those early European listings we came across on Monday, the GTX 550 Ti looks like it might sell for about $200—about the same price as AMD's Radeon HD 6870. Those same listings say the card has 192 stream processors, a 128-bit memory interface, a 900MHz GPU clock speed, and a gig of GDDR5 RAM pushing bits at 4100 MT/s.