ATI Radeon X1550
Released February, 2007
The Pros:Great compatibility with systems that still use the AGP slot standard. Works great with Windows Vista, accelerates many of the functions in the OS. Output to a TV display is clear and detailed.
The Cons:Incompatible with most modern motherboards that don't support AGP.
The ATI Radeon X1550 is a legacy video card by ATI. It has 256M of onboard DDR2 memory. It uses the PCI-E x16 interface, but via an external bridge chip, can support AGP x8. It has full hardware support for DirectX 9.0 and lower, and Shader 3.0 and lower, as well as OpenGL 2.0 via extensions.
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It is unlikely this card would be able to support the current DirectX 10.1 standard, nor will it support the newer DirectX 11 standard that is soon to become mainstream. It has accelerated MPEG, DivX, WMV9, VC-1, and H.264 decoding and transcoding. It can control two displays with different resolutions and refresh rates, and has dual DVI-outputs that can be adapted into HDMI outputs. With ATI Crossfire, it has four different modes of operation for different load situations, ranging from maximum performance to compatibility. The ATI Radeon X1550 has been replaced by the ATI Radeon HD 3400.
- 256MB onboard DDR2
- PCI-E x16
- DVI x2, S-Video output
- Dual monitor support
- 4 parallel pixel pipelines
- 2 programmable vertex shader pipelines
- DirectX 9.0 and OpenGL 2.0 support
- Shader 3.0 support
- 2x/4x/6x Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering
- Accelerated MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, WMV9, VC-1, and H.264 decoding and transcoding
- Alternate Frame Rendering (maximum performance)
- Supertiling (optimal load-balancing)
- Scissor (compatibility)
- Super AA 8x/10x/12x/14x (maximum image quality)
- HDCP Decoding
User Reviews (1)
great compatibility with systems that still use the AGP slot standard
works great with Windows Vista, accelerates many of the functions in the OS
output to a TV display is clear and detailed
setup is fast and hassle-free, takes longer to take the cover off the PC than to actually install it
can handle moderate gaming duties
rendering of a wide variety of video file types directly supported, video shows full-screen without missing a frame
incompatible with most modern motherboards that don't support AGP
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