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PowerColor X1550 512MB Extreme Video Card Review

Sagittaria    -   February 12, 2007


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Overclocking
Of course being staff of OverclockersClub, I absolutely had to overclock it even more! I ran ATI Tool .26, an ATI overclocking utility and tried seeing how much further it could go. Unfortunately, I couldn't even get past 5mhz on both the core or the memory. It appears that PowerColor has it maxed out already.

Noise
Generally speaking, the smaller the fan, the louder it is going to get. But, this isn't the case here. At full load, with no other fans running, I could barely hear this fan.

Conclusion

Well, this card is ATI's new line of entry-level cards and it did quite well at a hundred dollars. It played just about all of our games at acceptable resolutions and stacked up very well in terms of price and performance. It is silent, doesn't require external power, small and  made by PowerColor. Best of all, it comes overclocked already! A good card for the average Joe and casual gamer on a budget.

However, the only real gripe I have about it is the price. It is a brand new series, so naturally it comes out a little bit expensive. It might be wise to wait for the price to come down before buying this.

Pros

  • PowerColor Service!
  • Good Performance
  • Quiet
  • Small
  • Runs Cool
  • Great for the Average Joe

Cons

  • None



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  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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