PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD5550
Posted by: Mac on: 16.06.2010 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Opening the box we find a plain brown box, so opening the inner box we find the PCS+ HD5550 nicely protected in an anti-static bag and surrounded snugly by a decent amount of cardboard so it should reach the end user safe and sound.
Removing the card and digging a little deeper we find the manual / quick install guide which is again written in numerous languages, and is basically a large sheet of paper but more than sufficient for fitting a graphics card and installing the drivers. Also tucked away in the bottom section of the box is the driver disk, though these may be out of date so Iíll be downloading the latest version from ATI.
Those are the only ďaccessoriesĒ provided with the PCS+ HD5550 so letís take a closer look at the card its self.
The heat sink and fan are quite large and as the fan is almost as tall as the card I would imagine it is very quiet, time will tell though. The heat sink fins seem to run most of the length of the card so air blown onto the heat sink is forced along the fins under the shroud and onto the pcb components helping keep them cool too.
I was a little surprised to see the PCS+ HD5550 had no power connection meaning it draws less than the 75W max the PCI Express slot provides, possibly an ideal graphics solution then for those in need of a low power system with a bit of gaming capability?
As mentioned before the PCS+ HD5550 has 3 video outputs so you should be able to connect it up to at least 2 displays should you wish to? As yet I am unsure if you can use the HDMI and the DVI at the same time, but I wouldnít be surprised if you canít as they are essentially the same output with a different connection.
The heat sink viewed from above is slightly different over the cards memory, which isnít fitted with heat sinks or covered by the main heat sink. As you can see it is cut to allow air from the fan to blow through straight onto the memory, thus keeping it nice and cool.
Flipping the card over we see the heat sink is attached using the standard 4 sprung loaded screws so should you feel the need swapping the cooler for an aftermarket / upgraded unit should be a straight forward affair.
I think that's about all I can show you of the card so time to get it fitted and tested.
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