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ATI Radeon 9550


$200.00 Released April, 2010

Product Shot 1 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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Product Shot 2 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.

Features

  • 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

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Pros
  • 2

    Windows XP and Vista recognize it right away and load the drivers smoothly

  • 1

    runs stable even under heavy usage

  • 1

    noticeable boost in performance for general Windows operation and games

  • 1

    good online support for troubleshooting and advanced settings

  • 1

    fan doesn't make much noise

Cons
  • 1

    need to be careful about installation, read instructions carefully during hardware install

  • 1

    will overclock to the point where it burns out quickly

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