Product: HIS HD 5550 & HD 5570 512MB, Silence
Company: HIS
Authour: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: September 27th, 2010
Silence, Close Up

HIS
HIS
The HIS Radeon HD 5550 Silence GDDR5 and Radeon HD 5570 Silence GDDR5 are both standard size, full height, slot powered, dual slot cards. Drawing all their power from the PCI-Express slot, neither card requires an external power supply. The Heatsink is a large aluminum black anodized affair, somewhat artistically shaped to extend cooling surface.


HIS ATI Radeon HD 5570 Silence
HIS ATI Radeon HD 5570 Silence

The HIS product boxes are slim and tall. Within, the cards are enclosed in hard-shell plastic cases. Accessories are minimal with these products, limited to a driver & wallpaper CD, an installation guide, and a discount for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - 10% off purchase through the EA Downloader. The HD 5550 also includes a 50% discount on ArcSoft TotalMedia Theater Gold or Platinum - this digital discount requires you to purchase the software directly from ArcSoft via their website. A control runs to check for the presence of the HD 5550, at which point the discount will be applied to your purchase. Don't try this with hotfix or leaked beta drivers.

HIS ATI Radeon HD 5570 Silence
HIS ATI Radeon HD 5570 Silence

The cards themselves feature a smart blue PCB using solid capacitors. Memory is placed only the front side of the PCB, and is covered but not cooled by the large black heatsink. The heatsink itself is attached with four sprung screws to ensure a firm mount, with no wiggle. The back of the PCB is quite well populated with components, so be careful laying the card down or sliding it around - knocking off a component could render your card inoperative.

HIS ATI Radeon HD 5550 Silence
HIS ATI Radeon HD 5550 Silence

The only external differences between the HIS HD 5570 Silence and the HIS HD 5550 Silence are the output connectors - the DisplayPort output on the HD 5570 is replaced with a VGA output on the HD 5550, dropping native Eyefinity support.

HIS ATI Radeon HD 5550 Silence
HIS ATI Radeon HD 5550 Silence


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