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September 3, 2012 3:18:36 AM

So basically, I have a gaming computer in my room, and a dining room PC that is not mine. I put a Visiontek Radeon HD 5550 1GB DDR2 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) in the dining room PC since I got it cheap. The card ran well for about...6 months, and now it's pretty much crap.

I have a friend over the internet who's sending me an XFX GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB GDDR3 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-150-...) for free so I can replace the card in the dining room. In theoretical power comparison of Texels, Pixels, and Memory bandwith, the 8600 GTS is about twice as good with memory bandwith as the 5550, and a little better at AF and AA, but the thing I am obviously concerned about is the 256MB of memory running on a 1600x900 monitor.

A benchmark shows that a better modeled GDDR3 version of the 5550 is better than the 8600 GTS.

I do not plan on turning down the resolution for any games on the dining room computer due to the owner being EXTREMELY picky about that kind of stuff, and I want to replace it with something that's close to or as good as the 5550 to the point where there's no noticeable performance loss.

So would the 8600 provide similar results to the 5550, or would it be a day and night difference?


One more thing, the power supply on the dining room computer is a generic 350 Watt. The 8600 states it needs a minimum of 350 watts, as did the 5550. The only difference is the 8600 needs a 6 pin plugin, and it appears it does indeed draw about 20-30 more watts than a 5550. So would it be a power problem?

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September 3, 2012 4:08:50 AM

izayaorihara said:
So basically, I have a gaming computer in my room, and a dining room PC that is not mine. I put a Visiontek Radeon HD 5550 1GB DDR2 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) in the dining room PC since I got it cheap. The card ran well for about...6 months, and now it's pretty much crap.

I have a friend over the internet who's sending me an XFX GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB GDDR3 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-150-...) for free so I can replace the card in the dining room. In theoretical power comparison of Texels, Pixels, and Memory bandwith, the 8600 GTS is about twice as good with memory bandwith as the 5550, and a little better at AF and AA, but the thing I am obviously concerned about is the 256MB of memory running on a 1600x900 monitor.

A benchmark shows that a better modeled GDDR3 version of the 5550 is better than the 8600 GTS.

I do not plan on turning down the resolution for any games on the dining room computer due to the owner being EXTREMELY picky about that kind of stuff, and I want to replace it with something that's close to or as good as the 5550 to the point where there's no noticeable performance loss.

So would the 8600 provide similar results to the 5550, or would it be a day and night difference?


One more thing, the power supply on the dining room computer is a generic 350 Watt. The 8600 states it needs a minimum of 350 watts, as did the 5550. The only difference is the 8600 needs a 6 pin plugin, and it appears it does indeed draw about 20-30 more watts than a 5550. So would it be a power problem?



I'd say the 5550 is better because it supports DX11, but the 8800 has more horsepower. Its kinda like comparing a suped up 66' comaro to a 2011 comaro. Both are good, but the 5550 has newer tech.

About the power supply... If you PSU has a PCI-e plug, you should be fine.

If it doesnt... I recommend you get a new PSU.
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September 3, 2012 4:15:47 AM

austing said:
I'd say the 5550 is better because it supports DX11, but the 8800 has more horsepower. Its kinda like comparing a suped up 66' comaro to a 2011 comaro. Both are good, but the 5550 has newer tech.

About the power supply... If you PSU has a PCI-e plug, you should be fine.

If it doesnt... I recommend you get a new PSU.



I know what you're saying about the DX 11. I actually tried it out on many games and I don't even know why they even let the 5550 support it. It's kind of like figuratively uh... Getting a computer with a 1.6 GHz Pentium D processor, and expecting it to run any game maxed with a $300 GPU that will be bottlenecked by the CPU. I got 15 fps and lower on any game that supported DX 11, even on pretty low settings.

I seen people saying that too before I bought the 5550, saying the inclusion of the DX 11 was kind of pointless, since the card can't handle anything running it anyways.
I don't think I'll be using it on the Dining Room PC anyways, so it shouldn't affect me much, luckily.

As long as the base power is good enough like you say, then I think it will work out fine for me.
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September 3, 2012 7:37:13 AM

izayaorihara said:
I know what you're saying about the DX 11. I actually tried it out on many games and I don't even know why they even let the 5550 support it. It's kind of like figuratively uh... Getting a computer with a 1.6 GHz Pentium D processor, and expecting it to run any game maxed with a $300 GPU that will be bottlenecked by the CPU. I got 15 fps and lower on any game that supported DX 11, even on pretty low settings.

I seen people saying that too before I bought the 5550, saying the inclusion of the DX 11 was kind of pointless, since the card can't handle anything running it anyways.
I don't think I'll be using it on the Dining Room PC anyways, so it shouldn't affect me much, luckily.

As long as the base power is good enough like you say, then I think it will work out fine for me.


If you have a PCI-e connector, get the 8800, if not, 5550. Simple. :D 
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September 3, 2012 7:37:12 PM

You know it's a 8600 right? Just making sure you didn't misread it, lol.

I have a 9800 GT on my gaming computer and it blazes the 5550 to dust, and an 8800 is apparently close in power to the 9800. The 8600 GTS is about a third as good as the 8800 it seems.
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September 3, 2012 8:40:01 PM

izayaorihara said:
You know it's a 8600 right? Just making sure you didn't misread it, lol.

I have a 9800 GT on my gaming computer and it blazes the 5550 to dust, and an 8800 is apparently close in power to the 9800. The 8600 GTS is about a third as good as the 8800 it seems.


8600? Okay, get the 5550 then.
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