KFA2 Galaxy GTX 550 Ti LTD OC WHITE review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/14/2011 02:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
The cooler is the traditional design that is bwing used on the GTX 560 as well. It's really silent and quite effective as you'll learn. You can unscrew the cover and if needed clean out dust from the inside.
Check out that white PCB, it's a rare and very expensive thing to manufacture. It does increase the wow factor a lot. The card comes with 1 GB of graphcis memory, gDDR5 tied to a 192-bit memory bus. You can spot one SLI finger, meaning you can double up the cards in 2-way SLI mode.
The card is roughly 9-inches in length by the way. KFA2/Galaxy recently started using NEC Proadlizers to clean up the power signal. Proadlizers on graphics cards are able to provide a 1.6 times purer power supply compared to a traditional power design, they improve ESL/ESR noise and provide a cleaner power signal to the GPU and the memory.
As you can see, the card is equipped with three connectors due to space limitations; one dual-link DVI connector, one HDMI and and a Display Port connector. The cooler exhausts hot air through the wide upper mesh. .
With a rated TDP of 116W the card will not consume heaps of power, however since the PCIe bus is only allowed to feed 75W another power connector is needed, hence the 6-pin PCIe PEG power connector.
Here we see something unusual, the card come with two 6-pin PEG power connectors, Voltage regulation wise the board has been equipped with the Volterra VT1185M (main controller) + VT1157SF (integrated MOSFET + Driver).
In this review we'll have a peek at the warmongers from KFA2 (Galaxy), they unleash this cute little beastly looking GTX 550 Ti LTD OC White edition graphics card. And to make it even more special, they slapped all components on a sexy white PCB again. Armed with that atypical looking cooler you'll learn that this product makes no compromises, you will not hear it, it will not run hot and it even comes factory clocked at a full GHz, quite amazing as GPUs seem to slowly pass that weird 1 GHz threshold.