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PowerColor X1550 512MB Extreme Video Card Review

Sagittaria    -   February 12, 2007
Category: Video Cards
Price: $100 USD


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Introduction

The X1550 series is ATI's new, refreshed line of entry-level cards, designed to replace the highly successful  X1300 series. So of course, the X1550 is going to be faster, but even faster due to the fact that PowerColor have overclocked it by 50mhz, earning it the "Extreme" name. Now, why is this good? You get a faster card guaranteed to run great, without taking a big chunk out of your wallet. To top it all off, it comes from PowerColor, a long-time and extremely reputable brand known throughout the world.

You've probably seen PowerColor before, as they are one of ATI's long time partners - from 1999 to be exact. Ever since, they've been turning out great video cards in all ranges, whether it be budget or high end. Today, they are one of the top brands, established as one of the top manufacturers in the ATI video world. This is therefore likely to be another great bang-for-the-buck card from PowerColor.

Closer Look

Starting off the review is of course the box. The same style of box used on most of their entry-level products, it isn't much larger than the video card itself.



The extreme and X1550 label are both stickers. You can probably already guess that they use this box on all entry-level X1XXX series.



The first thing that pops out is the card in a bubble wrapped envelope - a nice way of packaging the video card in such a small container.



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look Continued
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  4. Closer Look Continued
  5. Installation
  6. Specifications
  7. Testing (Setup & Far Cry)
  8. Testing (F.E.A.R)
  9. Testing (COD2)
  10. Testing (Quake 4)
  11. Testing (NFS:MW)
  12. Testing (OCing, Noise) & Conclusion
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