"A great value for gamers looking for an inexpensive video solution with dual monitor support."on by Uber_Gamer
Pros Inexpensive, good gaming and cinematic video, dual monitor support.
Cons No PCI-E support for those with more powerful video demands.
Summary This card is a great value for someone looking to play the majority of today's games and movies on the PC with dual-monitor support as a bonus. It manages to play even some of more graphically complicated games such as Doom 3 and Painkiller without any trouble in the games' medium-high range performance settings.
I was also surprised at how well it handles games designed for nVidia developed cards, and older games that had some compatibility issues with an older GeForce 3 Ti which it replaced. Even some of nVidia's own demos ran fine on it.
The drivers and display software are sturdy and I have had no instability issues in the month I've been using this setup, neither with nor without dual monitors enabled.
Pros nice card good graphics runs smooth
Cons i am new to use it but till now i dint find any problems
Summary its good for the person who want to buy a medium range graphics card. it is also good for the mediocre gamers.
Pros Looks pretty flash -a 256mb video card
Cons Can't handle most PC games, crashes on most basic of applications.
Summary So you found a nice old Windows 2000 PC in the back of the garage, and decided as a weekend hobby, that you'll do it up. Firstly lets replace that motherboard with a nice new one, not flash, but able to handle XP.
So you decide to get an OK video card. In the shop you see a lovely cheap $99 Radeon 9550 (this card). You think, "what a perfect find". Mistake number 1.
After a hands on checkup I find the Radeon 9550 not good at all.
Rise of Nations Gold Edition -crashed.
City Life -crashed.
Half-Life 1 & 2 -crashed.
Farcry -obviously crashed.
You get the idea. But suddenly out of the blue:
Internet Explorer -crashed due to a video card error.
ATI thankfully decided to respond to this review:
"The Ati Radeon 9550 graphics card was not designed to play high-definition, or high level graphic, games, including the examples above. The error involving Internet Explorer has occurred in numerous occasions, we have been alerted to situations where even the simplest of programs have crashed, for example, Notepad, Wordpad, Paint.
The Ati Radeon 9550 is not the fault of these problems. The fault lies with the monitor. Usually your monitor is too old for the video card, but quite often it can be affected by the monitor drivers. Make sure you keep these up to date."
I hate to say it but that sounds like ATI is saying a lot of er... bull-you-know-what.
ATI's solution to the 9550 problem may not have helped you. If so here's my solution:
I would recommend if you wanted a good video card for a "killer machine" then do what I am, stick with NVIDEA not ATI.
EVGA NForce 680i SLI mainboard
2x GeForce 8800 768MB video card in SLI MODE
But if your on a lower budget, the best idea is to go with the NVidea Geforce 7600 GT (256MB).
Thanks for taking the time to read this review, and I hope it makes you realise that cheap ain't really better, especially in ATI's case. Don't get me wrong though, I don't hate ATI I just think that NVidea's cards are a lot better quality...
Pros Ease of installation, smooth and stutter free, easy to set up, allows 3D setup to your own settings. Great graphics for general or gaming use. Allows for Digital, VGA or S Video monitor support.
Cons No cooling fan.
Summary This is a great card for either general or gaming use. 3D capability makes for awesome gaming experience. 3 video options, Digital, VGA and S Video output makes it a very versatile card. Price is mid-range and affordable.
Pros as dependable,
Cons as an up-to-10k/ph tractor blasting down the highway.
Summary the 9550 is super-dependable, like an old ford, you feel it churning away and trying it's best to keep up but with that lacklustre analogy comes the inevitable conclusion, it just can't keep up with even older games.
It's no fault of the poor 9550, it's been around for a while and offers the poorer amongst us (like myself) a solid - if unsatisfactory - gaming experience.
the 9550 barely cuts it with 3-5year old games like most wanted (highest resolution, NO prettifiers), GTA san andreas (as before), etc. and I would suggest you opt to rather hold onto your pennies and scrounge up for a card with less wrinkles. I've had this card for two years (don't take out the pitchforks!) and it has never disappointed - in fault terms that is.
Get this card only if you want to keep your young'un put and money is tight.