ATI Radeon 9550
Released April, 2010
The Pros:Windows XP and Vista recognize it right away and load the drivers smoothly. Runs stable even under heavy usage. Noticeable boost in performance for general Windows operation and games.
The Cons:Need to be careful about installation, read instructions carefully during hardware install. Will overclock to the point where it burns out quickly.
The ATI Radeon 9550 is a legacy video card by ATI. It has 256MB of built-in DDR memory and is HDCP certified. It offers DVI, VGA, and S-Video outputs, but lacks the HDMI out commonly found on newer computers.
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The Radeon 9550 uses the now virtually extinct AGPx4/x8 interface, rather than the more common PCI-E interface now often used by non-integrated graphics cards. It supports all features of DirectX 9.0 and OpenGL 1.0, but would most likely have issues with the newer DirectX 10 and 11, and has onboard decoding and encoding acceleration of MPEG1/2/4 video. It can decode HDCP video.
- 256MB onboard DDR
- AGPx4/x8 Interface
- DVI, VGA, S-Video output
- 4 parallel pixel pipelines
- 2 programmable vertex shader pipelines
- DirectX 9.0 and OpenGL support
- 2x/4x/6x Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering
- Video de-blocking technology for Real, DivX, and WMV9
- Noise removal filtering for captured video
- MPEG1/2/4 decode and encode acceleration
- HDCP Decoding
User Reviews (2)
Windows XP and Vista recognize it right away and load the drivers smoothly
runs stable even under heavy usage
noticeable boost in performance for general Windows operation and games
good online support for troubleshooting and advanced settings
fan doesn't make much noise
need to be careful about installation, read instructions carefully during hardware install
will overclock to the point where it burns out quickly
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