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Item#: N82E16814500193

Pros:

-Can be had for about $100 when rebates are available.
-Stable for gaming with good framerates/temps
-New NVIDIA firmware update improved performance
-Easily overclocks to ZOTAC Ti AMP! specs
-Battlefield 3 numbers:1080p, 30FPS avg, 70-72 degrees, Ultra settings without the fan kicking in (lots of case fans :)

Cons:

-Needs replacement of thermal paste out of the box.
-Loud cooling fan but hasn't needed it since Nvidia update
-Bumping up voltage isn't worth the amount of extra power consumption.

Other Thoughts:

I've been running this card for a few months now and at first I wasn't all that impressed. My PC would crash, show artifacts on the screen or bsod if I pushed the card too much. I noticed that the thermal paste was really dry so I replaced it with Arctic silver. A short while later, I received a notice of an NVIDIA firmware update and since then the performance has improved. The fan hasn't kicked in since the update which is awesome because it's LOUD. I overclocked the card to the ZOTAC GTX550 Ti AMP! specs with ease. I use MSI Afterburner to keep tabs on everything or make adjustments. I run Battlefield 3 1080p w/ Ultra settings at 30FPS without the fan kicking in. Temps stayed at about 70 to 72. I should also mention that my PC is in an NZXT Phantom with 7 fans so that certainly helps stabilize temps. Couldn't be happier for $100.

AMD 1045T OC'd to 3.5ghz Antec(Asetek)water cooled
Gigabyte 990XA-UD3
4 X 2GB RAM
ZOTAC GTX 550 Ti
Sandisk 120GB SSD

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  • Luis M.
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