Powercolor Radeon HD 5550 ReviewGeekspeak411 - June 9, 2010
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The PowerColor Radeon HD 5550 is quite the grab for professionals on a budget. At $70, it is hard not to be able to legitimize its purchase. You are still getting Eyefinity, you are still getting Stream, and you are still getting some good connectivity options on-board. All you are lacking is the oomph to push newer games at their higher settings. The card did really well compared to its competition, although the competing cards were running DDR2 so that would have adversely affected their performances.
I was pretty disappointed with the stock cooling solution at first due to its size. After putting it under load and seeing how fast this card could go, though, I have no worries about the card overheating. I was impressed with the extra power I gained from the overclock, seeing over a 10FPS boost in some cases. That is free power, and at $70 you can't beat it. The other reason I was impressed was the fact that this card requires no supplementary power connections from your power supply, everything the card needed for the increases was able to be pumped right through the PCI-E port.
The HD 5550 can fill the needs of a lot of people; if you are looking for a card that is DX11 capable and can push pixels for two or three of your monitors at once, then this card fits the bill. With its near silent operation even with its fan at 100%, you could easily fit this into an entry-level gaming rig, a professional-grade photo or video editing rig, or even a living room HTPC build not using a low profile case. The Powercolor HD 5550 offers great casual gaming performance for a modest price point.
- Noise level
- Low power requirement
- Casual gaming
- Poor in-game performance at high settings, which is to be expected