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Sapphire X1550 512MB DDR2 VGA TV Out DVI-I AGP Graphics Card £54.97* Google Checkout
Sapphire X1550 512MB DDR2 VGA TV Out DVI-I AGP Graphics Card £54.97* Google Checkout

Sapphire X1550 512MB DDR2 VGA TV Out DVI-I AGP Graphics Card £54.97* Google Checkout

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The SAPPHIRE ATI Radeon X1550 delivers all the high-end graphics features - for gaming, surfing the Internet and watching digital video - at a smart price. The Radeon X1550 series integrates with Windows Vista to create a premium visual experience, allows users to connect to multiple monitors and improves visual applications. Products based on Radeon X1550 graphics technology are an excellent complement to Microsofts new 3D based operating system, allowing you to get more enjoyment out of movies, games, and digital photos.

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Features

# ATI Radeon X1550

# 512MB DDR2

# AGP 8x

# Max Resolution 2048x1536

# DirectX 9.0 / OpenGL Support



Specification


Chipset: ATI Radeon X1550

DAC Speed: 2 x 400 MHz

Digital Port: 1 x DVI-I

Form Factor: Graphics Card

In The Box: Quick Installation Guide 7 Pin S-Video to HDTV (YprPb) Lead DVI-I to SVGA Converter S-Video to Composite Converter Driver CD Power Lead

Maximum Resolution: 2048 x 1536 Pixels

Memory Clock: 400 MHz

Memory Size: 512 MB

Memory Type: DDR2

Memory Width: 128 bit

Operating Systems Supported: Microsoft Windows 2000, XP

S-Video Port: 1 x S-Video

VGA Port: 1 x 15-pin D-Sub

Video Card Bus Type: AGP 8X

Video Standards: OpenGL 1.5 DirectX 9.0

Warranty: 2 Years
- shauneco

22 Comments

Nice find Shauneco. BTW that's the AGP one. The PCI-E version is even cheaper:

ebuyer.com/pro…064

Sorry, I don't personally think its a very good price - don't be mislead by the 512MB of memory, it's not a very powerful card (the ]128MB version has been under £30 without discount for quite a while on PCI express). Better going for a 1650 or 7600 I reckon at that price.

If you want AGP the 7600GT is a similar price and far better performance: ebuyer.com/UK/…243

7600gt far better card

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PCI-E are genarally cheaper than AGP as their more freely available now. It's a 512MB Graphics AGP which is quite rare because PCI-E is virtually the standard format now. My machine is AGP and this was the cheapest 512MB Graphics card I could find and I must add it's speeded up my graphics by a consideral margin it's also 128MB Bit Graphics. I previously had a MSI Nvidia Geforce FX5500 T128 (128MB).

Avoid like the plague, the X1550 is a shocker. The 7600GS is better than this, and that is cheaper. Lots of memory, but useless card.

The GPU is far more important than the quantity of ram, and the 1550 is simply nowhere near as powerful as the 7600GT - both are a step up from your 5500 but the 7600GT is a much much more powerful card.

Just Googled for some reviews, compare to the results of 7600GS (not as good as 7600GT)
pcstats.com/art…098

Also see here: tomshardware.co.uk/gra…tml
(X1550 is based on X1300)

Guys, i've been reading a lot about Graphics cards of late on this forum but i currently have a Dell Dimension 5000 and i'm not keen to change my case so what is the best graphics card i could get for such case?

Thanks

Chris - Can you tell us more about what cards your Dell can take? AGP or PCI-E? Any size restrictions? What output power supply do you have? Also, what size monitor do you use and what will the card be for (what sort of games) and what operating system? Finally, what sort of budget do you have?

Lots of questions I know but you'll get the best answer if you tell us a bit more!

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jah128

The GPU is far more important than the quantity of ram, and the 1550 is … The GPU is far more important than the quantity of ram, and the 1550 is simply nowhere near as powerful as the 7600GT - both are a step up from your 5500 but the 7600GT is a much much more powerful card.Just Googled for some reviews, compare to the results of 7600GS (not as good as 7600GT)http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2098Also see here: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/graphics/charts.html(X1550 is based on X1300)



Ok performance wise it may not be as powerfull GPU wise, Although it as lots of RAM for a APG card. The card in that review is PCI-E so how can you fairly compare an AGP card to a PCI-E card? Its also a Powercolour Radeon X5500 and this ones Sapphire although they may share the same GPU performance wise they will compare differently. 1. AGP Speed is different to PCI-E Speed 2. Their adapted by different manufacturers. For this particular card it's a great price and you won't find many 512MB AGP 128 Bit Graphics cards for less. It works well with Vista which is the reason I bought it. It is a very good card for the money.

jah128,

I'm at work at the moment so i can't open up my pc to take a look but off the top of my head.

I have 2 PCI-E slots (1x16,1x1) one has a sound card in it so i still have 1 spare, i have a 17" dell flat panel monitor, I have XP home edition, i bought battlefield 2 but it doesn't run too well with my current setup. I believe their are size restrictions

The budget doesn't come into it as i was looking at a x1950pro which was just over £100 on ebuyer i think.

shauneco

Ok performance wise it may not be as powerfull GPU wise, Although it as … Ok performance wise it may not be as powerfull GPU wise, Although it as lots of RAM for a APG card.



Who cares? You can't use the extra RAM. It's completely useless.

shauneco

The card in that review is PCI-E so how can you fairly compare an AGP … The card in that review is PCI-E so how can you fairly compare an AGP card to a PCI-E card? Its also a Powercolour Radeon X5500 and this ones Sapphire although they may share the same GPU performance wise they will compare differently. 1. AGP Speed is different to PCI-E Speed



No it's not, except PCI-E has a higher *maximum* speed, which is relevant only for top-end cards, but the interface is different, if you don't have an AGP board, then you can't use an AGP card, and vice versa. Pointless to compare PCI-E with AGP though.

2. Their adapted by different manufacturers. For this particular card … 2. Their adapted by different manufacturers. For this particular card it's a great price and you won't find many 512MB AGP 128 Bit Graphics cards for less. It works well with Vista which is the reason I bought it. It is a very good card for the money.



The 512MB is irrelevant. At this speed, you cannot use all that RAM. For Vista, this would be a good choice:

aiop.co.uk/pro…720

£25.89, silent (no fan), tv-out, DVI, AGP. The perfect card to enable Aero.

If you want to play games, it's not a good card, but then neither is the X1550.

Granted you don't have to spend £200 on a card to play games, but at the mid-range it makes sense to either go for max bang-per-buck (or just get the Vista-capable X1050 above).

The X1550 is the X1300 Pro card, rebadged to fool people into thinking it's comparable to the X1600 series.

See here:
tomshardware.co.uk/gra…318

Anyway, a better buy would be this:

dabs.com/pro…9D8

It is 66% faster, for £10 more (including the P&P @ £6).

And it's a silent card.

A no-brainer in my view.

definately worth having a look at your psu before getting a 1950 or similar - they have a high power draw on 12v and it is likely your dell's psu is insufficient or borderline sufficient to power it. If your PSU doesn't have any PCI-E power connectors, I would look for a card which doesn't require additional power connectors (Radeon 1650s, some 7600s etc), although some people have succeeded with high-power cards on the Dell PSU. If you really want the high-end graphics cards, you may need to upgrade your PSU also (which may or may not be straightforward depending on the Dell system!).

Sorry shaun, don't really agree with you again. OK the review was PCI-E but I'd be very surprised if you could find anything to agree with your sentiment that the X1550 with 512MB of ram on AGP will outperform or even come close to 7600GT on AGP with 256MB of ram. The 512MB of ram is a marketing trick, it is of very little use on this card, as the card simply doesn't have the raw processing power to make use of it. It's like sticking a massive petrol tank on a mo-ped.

jah128

Sorry shaun, don't really agree with you again. OK the review was PCI-E … Sorry shaun, don't really agree with you again. OK the review was PCI-E but I'd be very surprised if you could find anything to agree with your sentiment that the X1550 with 512MB of ram on AGP will outperform or even come close to 7600GT on AGP with 256MB of ram. The 512MB of ram is a marketing trick, it is of very little use on this card, as the card simply doesn't have the raw processing power to make use of it. It's like sticking a massive petrol tank on a mo-ped.



Quite true.

tomshardware.co.uk/gra…318

The X1550 is the X1300 Pro (no differences, just branding).

7600 GT = 917.6
X1300 Pro = 375.5

That means the 7600 GT is 2 and a half times as fast. A massive performance difference. Like a VW Polo next to a BMW M3.

That means the 7600 GT is 2 and a half times as fast. A massive … That means the 7600 GT is 2 and a half times as fast. A massive performance difference. Like a VW Polo next to a BMW M3.



Yeah, but look at the size of the Bass Box in that Polo ! :thumbsup:

Bobbajob

Yeah, but look at the size of the Bass Box in that Polo ! :thumbsup:



yep, 512 watts (PMPO, 10W RMS).

Original Poster

jah128

Sorry shaun, don't really agree with you again. OK the review was PCI-E … Sorry shaun, don't really agree with you again. OK the review was PCI-E but I'd be very surprised if you could find anything to agree with your sentiment that the X1550 with 512MB of ram on AGP will outperform or even come close to 7600GT on AGP with 256MB of ram. The 512MB of ram is a marketing trick, it is of very little use on this card, as the card simply doesn't have the raw processing power to make use of it. It's like sticking a massive petrol tank on a mo-ped.



Ok like you say the RAM is probably just a marketing trick, It certainly had me fooled. I wasn't implying that AGP would be faster or slower than PCI-E just that the results may of been different, i,e AGP Vs AGP. With most computers now using PCI-E it's very difficult to find a decent high-end AGP Graphics card at least thats what I thought..!! When I made a decision on which Graphics card I was going to buy I'd decided I'd choose one with the highest amount of RAM availble and didn't give much thought about the GPU, 512MB seems to be the AGP's limitation regarding RAM. I've seen plenty of decent PCI-E cards but unfortunatly I'm stuck with AGP:-( . Anyway I was only after a better card than I previously had as that struggeled to work with Vista and I didn't buy it for gaming otherwise I would have choosen an even better card but that would of probably cost 3x as much and bearing in mind AGP's limitations I wouldn't think that buying something as expensive even with a better GPU would make much difference plus I'm limited by my Socket 754 Athlon 64x 3000 Processor and maximum of 2GB system Ram. Luckily it suits my needs by a large margin and works well with Vista and Media Center. I still think it's a good deal and believe its the cheapest available if your after this particular card and are limited by your motherboard.

Original Poster

dudedude

Quite … Quite true.http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/graphics/charts.html?modelx=33&model1=739&model2=737&chart=318The X1550 is the X1300 Pro (no differences, just branding).7600 GT = 917.6X1300 Pro = 375.5That means the 7600 GT is 2 and a half times as fast. A massive performance difference. Like a VW Polo next to a BMW M3.



I've done my own 3DMark06 score.

Overall games fps score for my Sapphire X5500 is = 1210.0

shauneco

I've done my own 3DMark06 score.Overall games fps score for my Sapphire … I've done my own 3DMark06 score.Overall games fps score for my Sapphire X5500 is = 1210.0



Not quite sure what you mean there - what test is that for? I'm surprised the X1550 scores over 1000 3dmarks at any resolution.

Original Poster

jah128

Not quite sure what you mean there - what test is that for? I'm … Not quite sure what you mean there - what test is that for? I'm surprised the X1550 scores over 1000 3dmarks at any resolution.



Here's a screenshot ]http//i1…jpg

Sorry, I see what you mean. Like you say, you probably haven't paid a bad price for that particular card but the 7600GT simply offers better value for money.

From THG, the SM2 score for the 7600GT is 805 (your card shows 429)
The SM3 score for the 7600GT is 1025 (your card shows 481)

I appreciate that the THG chart uses a PCI-E based card and has a different base system to your setup, but as people have mentioned the 1550 is a rebadged 1300 and results for the 7600GT typically double or better those for the X1300 series.

This site hardwarezone.com/art…g=4 shows the 7600GT AGP card scoring 2929 3dmarks at 1280x1024 in 3dMark2006.

Original Poster

jah128

Sorry, I see what you mean. Like you say, you probably haven't paid a … Sorry, I see what you mean. Like you say, you probably haven't paid a bad price for that particular card but the 7600GT simply offers better value for money.From THG, the SM2 score for the 7600GT is 805 (your card shows 429)The SM3 score for the 7600GT is 1025 (your card shows 481)I appreciate that the THG chart uses a PCI-E based card and has a different base system to your setup, but as people have mentioned the 1550 is a rebadged 1300 and results for the 7600GT typically double or better those for the X1300 series.This site http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/view.php?id=2031&cid=3&pg=4 shows the 7600GT AGP card scoring 2929 3dmarks at 1280x1024 in 3dMark2006.



Crist I think I've bought the wrong card:-( Next time I'll do some reserch, Never mind still works well enough for my needs and I'm sure it will for others if you want this card then its a good price.
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