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Monday, 21 March 2011 10:00

Gainward GTX 550 Ti Golden Sample tested - 2. A closer look at GTX 550 Ti GS

Written by Sanjin Rados

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UPDATED: Nvidia's new midrange on Gainward's steroids

Just like Nvidia, Gainward opted for a dual-slot cooling cooler but Gainward’s solution is different from the reference one. As you can see from the pictures below, Gainward chose to use a large circular heatsink and an 8cm fan.

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The GTX 550 Ti GS’ plastic shroud is protected by nylon cover that should be removed prior to use.

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The card is only 19.2cm long and looks quite cute. The 6-pin power connector is at the end of the card. The fan uses a 4-pin connector and you can regulate RPM via Gainward’s ExperTool. Of course, MSI’s Afterburner or other similar tools will also do the trick.

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The memory is cooled by air passing through the heatsink, where the heatsink is so low that it almost touches the memory chips.

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Gainward  decided to use only one dual-link DVI, unlike Nvidia’s reference version that comes with two. However, Gainward did a good thing by using a standard HDMI connector, whereas the reference card has only mini-HDMI. Furthermore, Gainward’s card comes with one VGA out.

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The SLI connector means you can daisy chain two GTX 550 Ti for improved performance.

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