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MSI GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) DirectX 11 N550GTX-Ti-M2D1GD5/OC 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: It's cheap? MSI afterburner is pretty slick. It is really easy to use and does a great job monitoring what exactly is going wrong when the card crashes.

Cons: I've had this for 2 months. FPS issues, artifacts, hardware lockups, blue screens, this card has it all. Regardless of driver version, the 3 games I play most often crash.

TF2: The card locks up/has problems within 5 minutes usually. Sometimes only the textures go haywire, but usually it results in a driver-related BSOD.

Chivalry Medieval Warfare: Driver related BSOD within 20 minutes or so.

Quake Live: The game spends the first 15 minutes running at between 15 - 25 FPS on a cfg designed for speed, i.e. texture detail turned down to flat shades. Eventually it will get up to 125 FPS where it should be, until it eventually locks up and crashes. Sometimes I can go 45 minutes without a disaster.

Latest drivers and BIOS make no difference. Afterburner indicates the GPU is spiking to 100% then crashing. bluescreenviewer indicates many, many driver related problems.

Other Thoughts: I went back to my old, dusty 8800 GTS

Thermaltake CLP0579 120mm Contac 30 Intel LGA-2011 Ready 160W TDP Heatpipe Direct-contact Technology CPU Cooler
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is a great product at a great price. I have an athlon 64 x2 6000+ which has a habit of running pretty hot even at idle, close to 50C. It ran upwards of 60C while taxed. The Contact 30 dropped the idle temp to 33C-36C and to 45C under full load. It also comes with mounting hardware so you can mount it either parallel or perpendicular to the top of your case, whichever works best. It installs easily and looks great IMO. The blue LED really makes the quiet, transparent fan glow. The 120mm fan moves plenty of air. There are mounting holes on the Contac 30 in order to accommodate a second 120mm fan if you want. It does the job on a short budget. No complaints.

Cons: Not so much a con, but be careful of the blades. They are sharp of course.


MICHAEL Z.'s Profile

Display Name: MICHAEL Z.

Date Joined: 12/28/11

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 02/12/12
  • Last Review: 03/07/13
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