Sapphire Radeon 5550 GDDR5
ATI has been on a roll of late with their 5000 series graphics cards, producing quite an extensive linup 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.
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 the ATI side of things continues the push in the budget segment, but it comes from Sapphire, courtesy of some new memory and juiced up clock speeds: the 5550 GDDR5.
The Sapphire Radeon 5550 sports upgraded GDDR5 memory and higher core/memory clock speeds, offering a performance boost in a card that has low power consumption and runs very quiet. Suitable for an HTPC setup and those looking for some light gaming on the cheap, at $100 the Sapphire 5550 Ulimate attempts to offer good value for those people with a very moderate budget.
Let’s take a look at the Sapphire Radeon 5550 and see how it fares.
Pioneers in a new era of how data is displayed and games are played, Sapphire 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 Sapphire has held true to its unwavering commitment, the commitment to deliver the most feature rich and soundly engineered products.