Joined on 01/02/06
Worthwhile Upgrade For Me
Pros: Upgrade from a GT-120 to this Zotac GTX 550 Ti. What a difference. Graphics WEI went from 5.3 to 7.3. I can occasionally hear the fan when the card is under a load, but it's not enough to be bothersome. No issues with my 400 watt PSU. On sale, free shipping, and a rebate to boot. That made it a no-brainer. Regarding the rebate; I've gotten countless rebates over the years, but I've never gotten one as quickly as the one from Zotac. 10 days and the check was in my hands. Register your product, apply online rebate form, and mail in all required info.
Cons: I had to bend the "feet" on the mounting bracket just a touch to get the card to seat properly. May have been an issue with my case rather that the video card.
Overall Review: Maybe a con for Windows 7 rather than Zotac, you can have audio thru HDMI but at the expense of audio thru PC speakers. You have to choose, one or the other. I didn't even bother with using the CD to install drivers, just when straight to the website for that.
AC600 Nano Dual Band USB WiFi Adapter ( WA-AC610 )
Pros: Works great. Installed in an older desktop Win 7 computer without WiFi. It's about 20 feet away from the WiFi and the signal goes thru three walls. This little adapter has no trouble connecting at all. I may try it in my smart TV that is in the same room because it's built-in WiFi doesn't work good enough for streaming online video. If it'll work in the TV, I'll buy another one just for that.
Cons: The included CD could not be read by my computer. I had to download the drivers from their website to a thumb drive on another computer and use that to install.