Sapphire RADEON HD 5550 Ultimate VGA Review :: The card

06-11-2010 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Elric Phares

Sapphire RADEON HD 5550 Ultimate VGA Review Card

Card

Sapphire RADEON HD 5550 Ultimate VGA Review Rear

Rear

Sapphire RADEON HD 5550 Ultimate VGA Review logo

logo

Sapphire RADEON HD 5550 Ultimate VGA Review Part number

Part number


The HD 5550 Ultimate is a short card. The card overhangs the PCI Express slot by a mere inch. One thing to note about the card is that it is almost a 2-slot design with the second slot taking up the rear of the card instead of the front as on most cards. The card has a heatsink/heatpipe solution that covers about half the front. Two heatpipes lead out to another heatsink and the back heatsink covers about the top quarter of the PCB.


Sapphire RADEON HD 5550 Ultimate VGA Review Heat pipe

Heat pipe

Sapphire RADEON HD 5550 Ultimate VGA Review Side view

Side view

Sapphire RADEON HD 5550 Ultimate VGA Review Heat pipe 2

Heat pipe 2

Sapphire RADEON HD 5550 Ultimate VGA Review Top of heat pipe

Top of heat pipe


The top of the card has the heatsink for the cooling but no Crossfire bridge. On the mainstream cards like the HD 5550 the ability to do Crossfire is still there but as the cards even two of them are not likely to saturate the PCI Express bandwidth, they communicate to each other over the PCI Express bus. The I/O on the card consists of a VGA output, a Dual-Link DVI output and a HDMI output. Note that to use three monitors a DisplayPort connection is required so two monitors are supported.


Sapphire RADEON HD 5550 Ultimate VGA Review PCI Express

PCI Express

Sapphire RADEON HD 5550 Ultimate VGA Review VGA and HDMI

VGA and HDMI

Sapphire RADEON HD 5550 Ultimate VGA Review DVI

DVI

Sapphire RADEON HD 5550 Ultimate VGA Review I/O

I/O