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Budget VGA Battle - Gigabyte GeForce FX 5500 vs. Radeon 9550 (Page 1)

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.
By Cameron Johnson from Jul 12, 2004 @ 23:00 CDT
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Introduction

Today when we think of graphics cards we tend to think solely of PCI Express, 6800GT and X800XT Platinum Edition. Sometimes we forget about the lower-end of the spectrum, the more affordable cards that can produce the numbers, just not on the overclocker's lists, but are still a great buy none the less.

While PCI Express x16 is the next big thing, AGP still populates 99% of all motherboards on the market today, and is still the mainstream graphics interface and probably will be for some time to come. While PCI Express x16 will replace AGP in the near future, AGP has a great role as providing high-end and low-end graphics interfaces.

Today we have two of the newest budget cards from ATI and nVidia - the GeForce FX 5500 from nVidia and the Radeon 9550 from ATI. Today we plan to pit these two chipsets against each other and determine what is more worth your value dollar.

While this is a good test of the GPU's, it's also a great feat to mention that Gigabyte support both chipsets, despite them directly competing against each other.

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