Sapphire Radeon HD 5550 Ultimate ReviewPosted on 2010-06-17 23:38:03 by Thomas De Maesschalck
It is kind of funny to see the word Ultimate being associated with a budget graphic card. Manufacturers often try to put a nice sounding name on a product to attract consumers to spend a bit of extra money. If they can make them feel that the product is a bit faster and better than a lesser sounding name they can charge a dime more. While the Sapphire HD 5550 Ultimate is not a gamers card, Sapphire does something that may justify its Ultimate title. What Sapphire has done is using a rather large heatsink covering ¾ of the front of the card. As a result, the Sapphire HD 5550 Ultimate is completely silent and runs extremely cool. While enthusiasts care more about the performance, completely silent is something that is important for HTPC system. Thus, Sapphire may have justified the Ultimate.