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PNY VCGFX55PPB GeForce FX 5500 128MB 64-Bit DDR PCI Video Card

  • 128MB 64-Bit DDR
  • PCI
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Adrian M.
  • 5/24/2006 8:32:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat quality, design could be better

Pros: No fan, PCI, 128 MB

Cons: No DVI output, Drivers slow down boot time

Other Thoughts: Since specialized video card interfaces come and go, I could no longer find the AGP card I needed for 128 MB-requiring games. PCI interface makes it simple. There is no risk of damaging the motherboard trying an AGP card that may not be compatible with it. Spinning fans eventually go out and have to be disconnected, so I picked a card without a fan. The drivers installed all sorts of stuff that slowed down PC boot time to the point that I no longer like the card. For a card that was meant to be very generic (using a PCI interface) it has a second VGA output, instead of a DVI output. If I upgrade to an LCD monitor, this card will not work with the newer DVI interface.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/12/2006 1:50:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsIt's a Dual one!!!

Pros: This card is Great...., so easy to install if ur upgrading from an old PCI GeForce, The dual monitor is just awesome

Cons: Mine came without a fan, it was just a heatsink, i was especting to get the fan....

Other Thoughts: really recommend it, as it is the last PCI 32BIT Video Card made by nVidia....so take advantage if ur computer only has PCI slots....

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  • Daniel C.
  • 4/7/2006 2:17:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPretty, but Slow

Pros: Good image quality
Um, it's blue?

Cons: Slow

I bought this card because the AGP slot in my old Thunder K7 died. My wife used it to play World of Warcraft while I'm on the newer workstation. I expected this card to be much slower than the Radeon 9500 Pro that it was replacing (It was). Unfortunately, I didn't realize how much slower it would be. The 9500 would get around 18-30 FPS (In WoW, at 1024). The 5500 PCI could only muster enough to hit 7-15 FPS at the lowest possible settings (at 640) on the fastest driver settings. For laughs, I put the old 9500 into a Pentium II 400mhz machine with 512mb of PC100, heh... (The Thunder K7 has 2gb of PC2100) The result: 10-19 FPS. Weird, no?

It was just a simple test, but it's amusing to see how much of an equalizer a decent video card is for a 10 year old computer facing a 5 year old.

Other Thoughts: Conclusion: As other reviewers have said, the card doesn't draw frames very fast (But they do come out looking pretty). Other than that, this card seems well built and feature-filled (for the price, of course). The lack of a DVI port may be a problem for a few people. (Although, I can't imagine anyone buying a DVI panel only to use it with a PCI video card. I could be wrong) The packaging was good. The manual was decent. I even called their tech support to see if they had any suggestions; They didn't tell me anything new, but I did get through to them pretty quickly.

Epilogue: I ended up returning this card and buying a Sempron+ Abit KV-85. (RMA Went smoothly - thanks Newegg :-)

PS - My wife DID use the P-II with the 9500 for a few days, and (surprisingly) few complaints about the speed. LOL

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/27/2006 11:33:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggstrouble but OK

Pros: Works Great!!!, this time around. great clarity of images

Cons: 1st card didnt didnt work :(, RMA and replaced with same one, got a new one in less then a week and Works Great.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/24/2006 12:36:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsHeatsink only

Pros: MINE SHIPPED WITH A HEATSINK ONLY and no Fan. I listed this as a Pro because I prefer a heatsink only. I just added a slot cooler on the slot below which is much quieter and cools better than the rinky-dink fan that usually comes with video cards.

Cons: Picture is wrong, but no big deal anyway.

Other Thoughts: I use these cards for adding dual monitors to computers without AGP or PCI-E slots when I don't want to spend the bucks for dual-DVI.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/23/2006 12:21:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorked Perfectly

Pros: Worked perfectly for what I wanted. I am now running four monitors off my computer. I am using this card with an AGP NVidia 5600. Windows picked it right up, and I didn't have to install any extra drivers since I already had them loaded for my other card.
It could not have been any easyier.

Cons: No fan, but I am not exactly worried about having it overheat.

Other Thoughts: If you have a couple of spare monitors and an open PCI slot this is the way to go.

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  • Peter M.
  • 3/19/2006 5:23:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot AS Pictured!!!

Pros: performace/price ratio good

Cons: Item is not as pictured! It does'nt come with heat sink & FAN, heatsink only

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/17/2006 7:38:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: i work good for games

Cons: IT DID NOT COME WITH A FAN WILL GET REAL HOT

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  • Mr. m.
  • 3/8/2006 5:22:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good Card for the money. Got this card for my kids comp that has only PCI slot. Runs all apps and games so far that Intel on board would run slow or not well at all.

Cons: None so far

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  • Shelly L.
  • 3/8/2006 4:58:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGOOD CARD

Pros: Godd card for midrange apps,snaps right in place no problems

Cons: discription shows card to have a heat sink with a fan but this is not the case. card came with large aluminum heat sink with "NO FAN"

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a card with a fan this is not it

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