Well it has definitely been a battle of the titans. While in the value sector, it still shows who is capable of making a graphics card on a budget to kill its rivals.
Gigabyte GeForce FX 5500 Final Thoughts
In all honesty, the GeForce FX 5500 is a graphics card to be avoided - a 5600 performance is better than this card, and is around the same price from some online vendors. Its reduced memory bus to 64-bit does make a huge impact on performance, and with some of the chips in the FX series having a poor overall performance in certain cases, lowering clocks and buses is only asking for disaster.
While this is a problem, Gigabyte has put together a good card without flaws and with a modest pack it is one to consider for a HTPC, but that's about it.
Gigabyte ATI Radeon 9550 Final Thoughts
The Radeon 9550 is a perfect replacement for the aging 9200 series. Its overclocking was brilliant, it has a wide enough memory bus to outperform the nVidia equal and at stock speeds requires only passive cooling making for a great silent PC addition.
The Gigabyte adoption is that of sheer silence and with a price tag that of the FX 5500, it's hard to go past this card for value desktop or silent computer systems.
The Gigabyte R9550128-D receives our "MUST HAVE" Best Value Award.
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