This graphic card I bought to my brand new PC about 5-6 years ago and it is still sitting there. Straight away have to point how good and durable this card is. For all this years I haven't had any troubles with it, even haven't had to remove it from AGP socket, except of cooler routine cleaning.
I bought it because of high parameters and good specification when using graphic programs. Obviously I mean high parameters like for 2001 year. I have to mention that I was rendering images and scenes from 3ds max, editing pictures in Photoshop Corel and other similar software and Radeon was doing great job every single time. Have never failed me and probable because of this fact is still in my PC.
For general purpose use this 9550 is absolutely efficient enough and there is no need to buy other more expensive cards.
If you are still not sure if it is for you, let me explain you something. Other more and more expensive cards are built to comply with all sorts of Games or with highly demanding programming or graphical environment.
Producers are developing and creating better games with better graphics, more complicated and because of this two facts are requiring better hardware to move it all smoothly. That is how this business works.
I have it connected to my Pentium 4, 3 GHz with HT, 2 GB of RAM, 80 GB SATA disk and so on. Everything runs on WIN xp Professional.
It does have TV-Out which is an extra port to connect your telly to. Thanks very easy to use software you can clone or copy whets on the screen to TV. It is very helpful when got small monitor and big telly. Works the best on TV's with at least frequency of 100 MHz. Quality of picture or image will mostly depend from quality of your television - not card or PC. You should get in your box 1 meter cable and an adaptor to S-VHS.
Installation of card to AGP socket is as simply as easy. Remove card from packaging, remove PC cover, push in card to AGP socket, and twist screw a few times. Now you can connect cable from monitor and job almost done. Switch PC on and install software, configure everything according to your requirements and that's it
Radeon 9550 offers more then just blistering frame-rates and fluid graphics with realistic and dynamic lighting, it is also capable of DVD/HDTV decoding while keeping the CPU free to work in the background on other tasks.
It is available in Pixmania with starting price of £21.
Altogether I can recommend 9550 to people with short budget or this one who do not need high spec card. That's a one you can rely on and is quite cheap.
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The SAPPHIRE RADEON 9550 delivers unprecedented realism and visual quality to the enthusiast with true support for Microsoft DirectX 9 technology. Utilizing next generation VPU technology the SAPPHIRE RADEON 9550 offers more then just blistering frame-rates and fluid graphics with realistic and dynamic lighting, the RADEON 9550 is also capable of superior DVD/HDTV decoding while keeping the CPU free to work in the background on other tasks! The RADEON 9550 increases expectations of what a mainstream product should be!