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Gainward GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Golden Sample Video Card (Page 17)

By Shawn Baker on Mar 15, 2011 09:39 am CDT
Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Gainward

Final Thoughts

Gainward today up the ante by offering us a 1GHz clock out of the gate that gives really nice performance overall at 1680 x 1050 and even 1920 x 1200 depending on the age of the game or the amount of detail you want to run.

Not only have they chosen to increase the core, though, they've also given a nice bump to the memory clock which helps push performance up again, and what you end up with is a card that simply performs well at the above mentioned resolutions.

While the card does indeed run quite warm at a little over 70c, that's due to the decision for Gainward to opt for a near silent solution. The heat might be considered a little warm for a mid-range card like this, but the model has a tolerance for over 90c and we can't see any way the card would get there.

Also, in a case with some structured air flow that temperature would probably drop down a little; so would other cards, though, and that's something you need to take into consideration. If you're looking for something that will let you game at 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1200 here and there in a near silent environment, though, this is a very good option.

Aggressive pricing from NVIDIA on the series and its overall performance help the series look very attractive. The extra length that Gainward has gone to by offering a 1GHz card and a cooler that runs at near silence is what makes this a stand out model.

We've got something a little different to the previous GTX 550 Ti we looked at and depending on what exactly you're after, this could well be a better choice.


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Shawn takes care of all of our video card reviews. From 2009, Shawn is also taking care of our memory reviews, and from May 2011, Shawn also takes care of our CPU, chipset and motherboard reviews. As of December 2011, Shawn is based out of Taipei, Taiwan.

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