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GIGABYTE GV-N550WF2-1GI GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $89.99
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Facepalm. The second one is even worse. Toms is a good ballpark but if you're looking @ gaming...
Do you even know what benchmarks they are using TOHELLWITHUGA? They could be using directcompute for all you care... They measure the horsepower of these babies not in the benchmarks that I, nor most gamers, are interested in.
For 1080p gaming, and the rest of 90% of gamers,
I recommend Anandtech's benchmarks[anandtech.com] and you CTRL+F, singling out the resolutions that you are aiming to build your system at. For me, I type in 1920 since I game at 1920x1080p close enough to 1920x1200 they do benches at.
Note I linked to the 2012. If you want to measure older cards, click the GPU 2011 link.
Googling some 550 Ti CF performance makes them look quite impressive. However I advise slickdealers to be cautious about going cheap dual GPU setups: If it was that easy of a decision, howcome everyone doesn't just get two low or low/mid tier cards and XFIRE/SLI above a GTX 580 or something?
Microstuttering, drivers issues, cooling, insufficient power, unsupported are all important factors.
Unsupported is my biggest worry: SC2 doesn't support xfire/sli in all cases so you revert back to single 550 Ti performance and waste performance.
Without going into detail, if you're going to go through the trouble of buying two of these babies? I'd advise single card setup for simplicity.
Either way you slice it, it's not a home run from a Price/Performance/Trouble perspective.
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