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Budget VGA Battle - Gigabyte GeForce FX 5500 vs. Radeon 9550 - Final Thoughts

Today we compare the Gigabyte GeForce FX 5500 with 64-bit memory bus against the Radeon 9550 with twice as much memory bus action to work with. It's the budget graphics card comparison and we are holding the battle for your viewing pleasure.

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Final Thoughts

 

Well it has definitely been a battle of the titans. While in the value sector, it still shows who is capable of making a graphics card on a budget to kill its rivals.

 

Gigabyte GeForce FX 5500 Final Thoughts

 

In all honesty, the GeForce FX 5500 is a graphics card to be avoided - a 5600 performance is better than this card, and is around the same price from some online vendors. Its reduced memory bus to 64-bit does make a huge impact on performance, and with some of the chips in the FX series having a poor overall performance in certain cases, lowering clocks and buses is only asking for disaster.

 

While this is a problem, Gigabyte has put together a good card without flaws and with a modest pack it is one to consider for a HTPC, but that's about it.

 

Gigabyte ATI Radeon 9550 Final Thoughts

 

The Radeon 9550 is a perfect replacement for the aging 9200 series. Its overclocking was brilliant, it has a wide enough memory bus to outperform the nVidia equal and at stock speeds requires only passive cooling making for a great silent PC addition.

 

The Gigabyte adoption is that of sheer silence and with a price tag that of the FX 5500, it's hard to go past this card for value desktop or silent computer systems.

 

 

The Gigabyte R9550128-D receives our "MUST HAVE" Best Value Award.

 

 

 

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