PowerColor ATI Radeon X1550 ReviewDesja - December 3, 2007
Category: Video Cards
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Like some people, I still remember my first purchase from ebay, a Voodoo 1 series 8MB video card. It was also the first video card I bought with my own money. After a few weeks, I received the package; I was so excited. As it turned out, the early cards did not run the graphics for the OS, so it needed a jumper that would let it kick in when playing a video game. I bought mine used and it never came with a jumper, so I had to switch it back and forth manually anytime I played a game, unlike the PowerColor ATI Radeon X1550 I will be reviewing today.
You would think something like swapping cables over and over would irritate me. Nope, I was happier then ever being able to play all of my favorite games like Tribes, Warcraft 2, and Starcraft at awesome resolutions and amazing graphics. Looking back, this seems laughable as games and graphics cards have come a long way and are leaps and bounds ahead of their meager beginnings. With cards out there like the Geforce 8xxx series and the ATI X2xxx series, gaming has become a truly intimate experience. But what about those who can’t shell out this kind of money for upgrades? Is there anything out there for them? The PowerColor ATI Radeon X1550 may be the answer. At a drastically reduced price in comparison to the high end cards, can it stand up to today's games enough to be an option for the casual gamers with shallow pockets? Let's find out.
The packaging for the ATI Radeon X1550 Video Card is pretty standard. It has the standard sexy gaming chic on the front, a short explanation of the product, and the certified logos from ATI and Windows. I would have to say that if I walked by it on a shelf at a PC store, I probably wouldn’t give it another look. There are no bells and whistles on this box. The packaging also doesn’t boast of some bonus game you probably won't play but will buy it anyway because it's free, like most card do these days. The back of the package has the specs from the front listed in different languages and the side has your system requirements.
The package contains a manual, a driver disc, and the Radeon X1550 wrapped in static resistant material. Everything you need to install the X1550.
After taking the PowerColor ATI Radeon X1550 out from the static bag, we can get a clearer picture of its quality. When looking at the X1550, we see that it doesn’t need an extra power connector for it to function, which means less power consumption. We can also see that there is no Crossfire internal inter-connector, so this is a stand-alone gaming card. The fan and heatsink seem small in comparison to high end cards, but this GPU is not as powerful, therefore doesn't heat up as much.
This X1550 does support both DVI and VGA, which is nice for those with older CRTs and LCDs as they wont need to buy a DVI to VGA converter unless they want to run dual monitors.