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PowerColor X1550 512MB Extreme Video Card Review

Sagittaria    -   February 12, 2007


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Installation

Installing this card, or any sort of peripheral card for that matter is extremely easy. Simply remove a PCI cover that is adjacent to the PCI-E slot, push in, and screw.



Once again, the card is very short, so you will not have to worry about physical compatibility issues.

Configuration

Configuration Setup
OS: Microsoft Windows XP SP2

Well, the only thing to do really is to install the drivers. Let's take a look at the software included on the CD first though.



So it comes with DirectX 9.0c, Hydravision, an online manual, .NET framework 2.0, ATI AVIVO, a Visual C++2005 package, the Catalyst Control Center and ATI's Parental Control. This may all sound very confusing at first, but you probably won't need a lot of this. The only thing you'll definitely need is DirectX and the ATI Display driver of course. If you are gamer, you can use the Catalyst Control Center (.NET Framework 2.0 needed, which is included) to tweak options. Still, it is generally a good idea to download the latest ATI drivers from the ATI website as the ones from the CD will become dated.

Installing the drivers is just like installing any other piece of software, it only takes 20 seconds.

Now let's get the specs.



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look Continued
  3. Closer Look Continued
  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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