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Value GPU Shootout - Radeon 9550 vs. GeForce FX 5500 and 5700LE - Overview of Radeon 9550

While ATI's Radeon 9550 based graphics cards have been selling well in the China market, we will only just begin to see them showing up in all other markets now. Today we compare ATI's new Radeon 9550 GPU against the GeForce FX 5500 and 5700LE to find out which company has the lead in the value to mid range graphics market. ATI or nVidia?

By: | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: May 18, 2004 4:00 am

Overview of Radeon 9550


RADEON 9550 delivers a cinematic experience to devoted gamers and casual enthusiasts alike, featuring optimized DirectX 9.0 and AGP 8X support to push next-generation 3D games to their limit.


- Get in the Game


Full AGP 8X support doubles available bandwidth for the most engaging game play in its class


Four parallel rendering pipelines process up to 1.6 billion pixels per second


128-bit full floating point precision enables billions of color variations to render the same lighting and effects as Hollywood studios


Core Speed 250MHz and Memory Speed 200MHzx2 (400MHz DDR)


- Microsoft DirectX 9 support


Enjoy better performance and 3D imagery in multimedia, games and applications with Microsoft DirectX 9 optimized architecture


Supported by CATALYST™, the industry's most stable 3D acceleration software


Also supporting the latest OpenGL functionality and feature sets


- Extra Life


Optimized to run the most demanding 2D and 3D next-generation games and applications without putting extra strain on the CPU


FULLSTREAM™ removes blocky artifacts from streaming Internet video to deliver smoother looking, higher quality online content


VIDEO IMMERSION™ integrates features to provide unprecedented support for digital and high definition video.


- System requirements


Pentium 4/Celeron/III/II, AMD K6/Athlon or compatible with AGP 2X or AGP 2X/4X universal slot


Installation software requires CD-ROM drive


DVD playback requires DVD drive on PCs with an Intel Pentium II processor (or equivalent) and 64MB of system memory


- Monitor support


CRT Monitor: 15-pin VGA connector


Composite connector


DVI-I (flat panel display) connector


- Display support


Register compatible with VGA


BIOS compatible with VESA for super VGA


DDC1/2b/2b+ monitor support


VESA Display Power Management Support


Separate horizontal & vertical synchronization at TTL levels




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