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GIGABYTE GV-N550D5-1GI GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • 1GB 192-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 900MHz
  • 1 x DVI DVI 1 x HDMI HDMI
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16

Pros:

The price!! 120$ for a NEW SLI card is perfect. The 550ti line must be getting phased out cause there aren't that many to choose from on any site.

Bought this to run SLI in my machine. Current card is an EVGA 550ti that came with my computer. Compared having the EVGA as the master card versus this one, and the Gigabyte definitely handles the anti-aliasing a lot better than the EVGA, mostly in water reflections and really complex textures.

The EVGA ran way hotter than this card too, it would surpass 70c easy and level off at about 73c... which was my main reason for putting it as the piggy back card.

This card is very quiet, fan is on 100% and you can't hear it over the EVGA's at 56%... but that card's fan is just plain ol' loud, but it's all I have to compare it to! Idles cool in my system @ 32c and Bioshock Infinite on Ultra plays at an average of 32 fps.

The Gigabyte card however never goes over 65c under full load and all in all I'm impressed and satisfied to the fullest.

Purchased Newegg since I got a few computer parts off bAmazon but I just don't know how their RMA stuff is and Newegg is the best so I got all my major parts here!

Cons:

-Should have come with a bottom vented case back plate... you can't put anything right there it's a 2 slot card, why not let it breathe and put the slotted end like most other graphics cards? I have the case plate in right now but I'm going to order some vented ones...

-Wish it came in 2GB :(

-I guess it just a con of most video cards today since I was looking at other manufacturers but there is no hardware support. No screws, no adapters or brackets, just an outdated driver disc and a 6 pin to molex... I bought an 8600gts back in yesteryear and it came with so many extra doodads I loved it :(
oh well must be how they squeezed this down to 120$!

Other Thoughts:

-I don't know how this card performs by itself. I have an Intel i7 3770, with 16GB of RAM, and the primary HDD is a Hitachi 1TB. The computer came with a 550ti so I'm running dual SLI and that is what I based my review on. Would definitely purchase again.

-Still really wish it came in 2GB, would have 5 all around if I could be sitting on a 2GB master card!

-Should have gotten expedited processing fricking got 1 day shipping and it took 2 days to build the order! Ahhhhh!!!!!! lol lesson learned

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