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ZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) DirectX 11 ZT-50402-10L 1GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: -great price for the performance given
-sturdy card; I wasn't afraid it would break when I plugged it in
-two HDMI ports AND two DVI
-behaves just like it should

Cons: -prone to overheating, low heat ceiling (see "other thoughts")

Other Thoughts: After about a year, the card started to die whenever it broke 70 degrees. This wouldn't be too much of a problem, except that the card was still acting like it could hit higher temps without breaking, and would overwork itself. I sent it in for an RMA, and although it did take nearly a month from when I sent to when I got it back, it was replaced for just the cost of shipping without any real hassle. ZOTAC's got some decent customer support.

As soon as I got the card back, I tested how hot it would go. It still bugged out at around 88 degrees, but it no longer crashes while gaming. Guess the card's designed to limit itself somewhere before 88. 88 is a bit low for a card that's rated to up to 100 degrees, but as long as it always works I don't much care. I turned the default fan speed up to 40% from 30% just to be safe.

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AMD FX-4170 Zambezi Quad-Core 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD4170FRGUBOX Desktop Processor
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Blazingly fast speed out-of-the-box
-Incredibly stable overclocking

Cons: -stock heatsink isn't great

Other Thoughts: Definitely one of the most powerful processors out there right now. Burns through anything you can throw at it. Get an aftermarket heatsink and you'll easily break the 4.5GHz mark, and if you push it you may get to 5GHz stable.

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ZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) DirectX 11 ZT-50402-10L 1GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: very fast, great clock speed.

Cons: Only 192-bit. Surprisingly poor benchmarked against even the 560.

Other Thoughts: This is a great card, and I got it for a decent price. Not quite as fast as I had hoped, but faster than I had expected. So fast, in fact, I think my processor might be bottlenecking it.

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Eric D.'s Profile

Display Name: Eric D.

Date Joined: 07/20/11

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 06/26/12
  • Last Review: 08/21/12
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