Power Color Radeon 9550 Graphics Card

256MB 128bit - DVI, S-Video - MPN: R96LD3
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RADEON 9550 delivers a cinematic experience to devoted gamers and casual enthusiasts alike, featuring optimized DirectX 9.0 and AGP 8X support to push 3D games to their limit.
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Video Chipset Radeon 9550
Interface Connection DVI Yes, VGA Yes, S-Video Yes
Slot/Port Type AGP 8x
normalized-Installed Video Memory 256
User Reviews
Radeon 9550 R96-LD3 Video Card (256MB, AGP 8X, DVI, 2D/3D w/ TV-Out)
5 Star Review   By member alasam - Jan 28, 2006   

Strengths: Speed, memory, price

Weakness: two versions

Finally, I can play Flight Sim with every detail set to high. With my old card, playing Flight Sim with high detail would result in jerky motion due to insufficient memory. Radeon 9550 can handle tasks with ease for it has 256MB to throw. But the only catch is that you will not know which version you will recieve. There is a standard version with fan. There is also a slim down version with only heat sink. Both version should function the same but with the same Part Number.

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Sweet spot AGP video card on price / performance
4 Star Review   By member ellory - Dec 22, 2005   

Strengths: More than enough capability to extend the life of older PIV (2.4GHz) computer to play current somewhat demanding video games (Black and White 2; Civ 4)

Weakness: More powerful cards exist, that will really knock your socks off; ATI cards and some games don't play nicely

I needed to upgrade 3 Pentium IV computers - which had MX440 video cards - with more video capability to play current video games at acceptable quality. These are all PIV 2.4Ghz machines. The current card just wouldn't run the game at all. My objective - upgrade the AGP video on the PCs to provide more than good enough quality - extending the life of the PC for a year or two - and not break the bank. (You can easily spend over $200 on a single card). After doing all my homework, based on the specs, this card was the clear winner. I picked up 3 at $66 each - an amazing bargain. Installation was flawless. Uninstall the old video driver, shut down, swap cards, boot up and follow the CD install instructions. And then update to latest drivers off the web site (which was also easy to use) What wasn't flawless was the installation of Civ IV. Took 3 hours of working through a detailed guide to get the game to run. But, now that its installed, this card is everything I hoped for. If you are looking to extend the life of your current hardware, need AGP video, and don't want to break the bank, this card is an outstanding choice

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4 Star Review   By member Chinusa - May 17, 2005   

Strengths: True Directx 9.0 support. Fairly smooth 3D rendering when playing Nascar 3 with all video settings set to at least Medium.

Weakness: Picture did get stuck (pause for 1/2 second or so) from time to time, but maybe because I was pushing it too hard, not a big problem though.

Like most people, I bought only 1 video card so it's impossible for me to benchmark with other cards, but for 80 bucks, you get true Directx 9.0, while 9500 supports only 8.0. I hear the chip is actually the same as 9600. If you have a tight budget, this is a steal. I am using DVI and I am quite satisfied with the picture I get when I watch DVDs and play games.

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Product Details
Description
RADEON 9550 delivers a cinematic experience to devoted gamers and casual enthusiasts alike, featuring optimized DirectX 9.0 and AGP 8X support to push 3D games to their limit.
Quick Glance
Video Chipset Radeon 9550
Interface Connection DVI Yes, VGA Yes, S-Video Yes
Slot/Port Type AGP 8x
normalized-Installed Video Memory 256
Summary
Product Title Power Color Radeon 9550 Graphics Card
Manufacturer Power Color
Lowest Price $156.40 from PinnacleMicro
Power Score 4.3 | 3 Reviews
Graphics Chipset
Core Clock Speed: 250 MHz
Memory
Installed Video Memory: 256 MB
Memory Technology: DDR SDRAM
Compatibility
System Type: PC
System Requirements: Operating System Support: Windows 98 Windows SE Windows ME Windows 2000 Windows XP Windows NT 4.0
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URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Chipset Line: Radeon
Analog Signal: Yes
Bus Width: 128 bit
AGP Support: AGP 8X
Color Depth at Maximum Resolution: 16.7 Million Colors (32-bit)
Type of Video Card: 2D/3D Video w/TV Support
Max Resolution: 2048 x 1536
Chipset Series: 9
Number of VGA Output: 1
Number of S-Video Output: 1
Brand Name: PowerColor
Number of DVI Output: 1
Frequency Band: Pixel Pipelines 4
Digital Signal: Yes
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User Reviews
Radeon 9550 R96-LD3 Video Card (256MB, AGP 8X, DVI, 2D/3D w/ TV-Out)
5 Star Review   By member alasam - Jan 28, 2006   

Strengths: Speed, memory, price

Weakness: two versions

Finally, I can play Flight Sim with every detail set to high. With my old card, playing Flight Sim with high detail would result in jerky motion due to insufficient memory. Radeon 9550 can handle tasks with ease for it has 256MB to throw. But the only catch is that you will not know which version you will recieve. There is a standard version with fan. There is also a slim down version with only heat sink. Both version should function the same but with the same Part Number.

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Sweet spot AGP video card on price / performance
4 Star Review   By member ellory - Dec 22, 2005   

Strengths: More than enough capability to extend the life of older PIV (2.4GHz) computer to play current somewhat demanding video games (Black and White 2; Civ 4)

Weakness: More powerful cards exist, that will really knock your socks off; ATI cards and some games don't play nicely

I needed to upgrade 3 Pentium IV computers - which had MX440 video cards - with more video capability to play current video games at acceptable quality. These are all PIV 2.4Ghz machines. The current card just wouldn't run the game at all. My objective - upgrade the AGP video on the PCs to provide more than good enough quality - extending the life of the PC for a year or two - and not break the bank. (You can easily spend over $200 on a single card). After doing all my homework, based on the specs, this card was the clear winner. I picked up 3 at $66 each - an amazing bargain. Installation was flawless. Uninstall the old video driver, shut down, swap cards, boot up and follow the CD install instructions. And then update to latest drivers off the web site (which was also easy to use) What wasn't flawless was the installation of Civ IV. Took 3 hours of working through a detailed guide to get the game to run. But, now that its installed, this card is everything I hoped for. If you are looking to extend the life of your current hardware, need AGP video, and don't want to break the bank, this card is an outstanding choice

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4 Star Review   By member Chinusa - May 17, 2005   

Strengths: True Directx 9.0 support. Fairly smooth 3D rendering when playing Nascar 3 with all video settings set to at least Medium.

Weakness: Picture did get stuck (pause for 1/2 second or so) from time to time, but maybe because I was pushing it too hard, not a big problem though.

Like most people, I bought only 1 video card so it's impossible for me to benchmark with other cards, but for 80 bucks, you get true Directx 9.0, while 9500 supports only 8.0. I hear the chip is actually the same as 9600. If you have a tight budget, this is a steal. I am using DVI and I am quite satisfied with the picture I get when I watch DVDs and play games.

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