PowerColor ATI Radeon X1550 ReviewDesja - December 3, 2007
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Before shutting down your computer, make sure you uninstall all of the drivers from your previous graphics card, if applicable. After shutting down, pull your power cable and if you are the least bit scared, use a grounding strip before you install the card. The card goes into the PCI-E slot on your motherboard. Make sure your card is well seated in the slot before you plug the power back in and boot back into your OS.
So now that we have the PowerColor ATI Radeon X1550 firmly in place, it's time to install the software.
After you boot back into Windows, put your drivers CD into your optical drive and it should autorun. If you don’t know what you're doing, just select Express Install and keep clicking Next until the installation is complete. Now when you right click on your desktop after the installation restarts your computer to complete installation, you can select ATI Control Center where you can choose between basic or advanced views.
With advanced view, you can tweak things like dual monitor support and various other things. The most notable would be the ability to choose graphics qualities like anti-aliasing, antistrophic filtering, monitor properties, color tweaking, and gamma ray correction. One option I found very interesting was the VPU recover. It allows the ATI display driver to reset the graphics processor without restarting the computer.
This is the table that shows the information about the VPU recovery option. It lets you choose if you would like to send an error report to ATI when a failure happens, which is nice for those that like the company, or in turn it can be turned off for those that hate those stupid windows popping up constantly asking you to send information.
Now that the PowerColor ATI Radeon X1550 256/64 DDR2 is configured, let's check out its specs and test it against some competitors.