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PowerColor ATI Radeon X1550 Review



At OverclockersClub.com, we take our testing serious. We put our test products through vigorous, up-to-date benchmarking and testing programs to get a full spectrum analysis of the products we test. We do this so you, as a consumer, can make an educated decision when buying a new upgrade. I will be testing the PowerColor ATI Radeon X1550 256/64 DDR2 against a PNY 8500GTS, a Gigabyte 8600GT, and an HD 2600XT Ultimate Edition.

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6600 CPU
  • Asus P5B motherboard
  • 2GB Kingston PC2 5300
  • PowerColor ATI Radeon X1550 256/64 DDR2
  • Gigabyte EN8600GT (nVidia)
  • PNY 8500GT (nVidia)
  • Sapphire HD2600XT Ultimate edition(ATi)
  • 450w PSU
  • Windows XP Pro SP2
  • DirectX 9.0c
  • All Video Drivers are the most up to date at time of benchmarks


Gaming Benchmarks:


  • Far Cry: Hardware OC (Ubisoft Volcano)
  • F.E.A.R. (Performance test)
  • Bioshock (FRAPS)
  • Call of Duty 2 (FRAPS)
  • Quake 4: Hardware OC
  • Need For Speed Most Wanted (FRAPS)



Far Cry has currently sold over 1 million copies worldwide. The game's story follows an ex-Special Forces operator, Jack Carver, who is stranded on a mysterious archipelago in Micronesia. He is searching for a female journalist he was escorting after she went missing when their boat was destroyed by mercenaries.



We will be using the Hardware OC Benchmarking Utility version 1.8 with the following settings: 

  • Maximum quality option, Direct3D renderer
  • Level: Volcano, demo: Volcano.tmd
  • Pixel shader: model 2.0b
  • Antialising: 4X
  • Anisotropic filtering: 8X
  • HDR: disabled
  • Geometry Instancing: disabled
  • Normal-maps compression: disabled




It was playable at the lower resolutions, but not perfect.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Configuration
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing ( Setup,Benchmark FarCry)
  5. Benchmark: F.E.A.R.
  6. Benchmark:BioShock
  7. Benchmark: Call of Duty 2
  8. Benchmark: Quake 4
  9. Benchmark: NFS: Most Wanted
  10. Benchmark: 3D Mark 06
  11. Benchmark: RyderMark
  12. Conclusion
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