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PowerColor Radeon 5550 512MB DDR3

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Posted May 24, 2010 by Jake in Video Cards

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Introduction

ATI has been on a roll of late with their 5000 series graphics cards, producing quite an extensive lineup in their 40nm manufacturing process. The cards have proven to provide excellent performance, with respectable temperatures and power consumption, all at very competitive prices for the most part. That is a recipe for success no matter how you slice it, whether you’re an ATI or Nvidia fan, or even a GPU agnostic (yes, I just made that up).

Regardless, These cards have proved to be impressive in terms of technology and sheer horsepower. But we also realize that not everyone is a hardcore gamer or enthusiast, and there is a large consumer market out there that looks for something affordable. As a result, the latest 5000 series card coming out of Team ATI continues the push in the budget segment: the Radeon 5550.

The PowerColor Radeon 5550 is a very small, low-power budget graphics card, marketed in the $70 range to consumers who are primarily interested in home media and HTPC usage. The card is certainly more capable than the entry-level 5450 in terms of horsepower, but the price tag on the 5550 isn’t far off from the PowerColor 5670, a budget gaming card that impressed us with its excellent balance of performance and value.

What’s interesting here is that this particular PowerColor card comes with 512MB of DDR3 memory instead of the 1GB of DDR2 that we saw in our recent review of the Sapphire 5550. There are some distinct differences between these competitors, not the least of which is gaming performance. Let’s take a look at the PowerColor Radeon 5550 DDR3 and see how it fares.

Thanks go PowerColor for providing the Radeon 5550 for this review.

Pioneers in a new era of how data is displayed and games are played, PowerColor shepherds the performance oriented with ground-breaking solutions to an environment that remains in a constant state of flux and ultimate evolution. For over ten years PowerColor has held true to its unwavering commitment, the commitment to deliver the most feature rich and soundly engineered products.

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