A generic monitor not specifically designed for photography isn’t going to deliver the colour quality we seek. Processing images on the BenQ SW271 gives the user a stunningly vivid colour range.
ATI Radeon HD 5550 (1GB) graphics card
If you love your gaming but are not too serious about it, the ATI Radeon HD 5550 is a viable option
- Strong 3D performance for asking price, inexpensive, good connectivity options
- Slow, not suited to power-sapping games
If you love your gaming but are not too serious about it, the ATI Radeon HD 5550 is a viable option. It's a low-end graphics card that plays perfectly into the hands of casual PC enthusiasts.
Price$ 119.00 (AUD)
The ATI Radeon HD 5550 is a low profile graphics card suitable for casual gaming and home theatre PCs. While it struggles to play the latest games at maximum settings, it remains a solid graphics card that is neither too hot nor too power hungry — more importantly, it’s also decidedly cheap.
AMD has had some strong offerings in the past when it comes to graphic cards: from the ATI Radeon HD 5870 to the ATI Radeon HD 5970 (the latter being the fastest graphics card we had tested to date). It is clear from the get-go that the 5550 is aimed at the lower end of the market, but it's still a pretty solid performer. The Radeon 5550 boasts 627 million 40nm transistors for a total processing power of 352 GigaFLOPS. The core clock speed runs at 900MHz and is accompanied by 1GB of GDDR5 memory.
Put simply, this is a modest graphics card which does not use up too much power. In fact, the Radeon HD 5550’s maximum board power is a very reasonable 39 Watts — while consuming only 10W on idle. These are impressive stats; however, this is obviously a graphics card for those who are not hardcore gamers.
The ATI Radeon 5550 isn't deficient when it comes features, especially for a card that should only cost in the region of $120. It has full support for DirectX 11, and it's equipped with two DVI-I connectors, an HDMI port and a DisplayPort. You can connect up to three monitors simultaneously.
|Model||Chipset||Memory||3DMark 06||3DMark Vantage||Crysis (fps)
||Far Cry 2 (fps)
||Lost Planet (fps)
||Call of Juarez (fps)
||Half Life 2:
Episode Two (fps)
|AMD ATI Radeon HD 5550||ATI Radeon HD 5550 1GB||1GB||9809||P5104||16.74||28.49||22||29.3||144.34|
|Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5750||ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB||1GB||13887||P8012||26.82||42.99||27.5||47.7||131.97|
|Manli GTX295||NVIDIA GTX295||1GB||9688||P16245||38.9||74.25||N/A||74.3||129.87|
|ASUS ENGTX285||NVIDIA GTX285||1GB||9708||P13532||35.3||60.17||50.1||52.4||131.32|
|Asus ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB||ATI Radeon HD 5850||1GB||17222||P13206||47.3||71.24||53||83.3||217.61|
|ASUS EAH4870X2||ATI Radeon HD 4870X2||2GB||10360||P10486||32.64||N/A||27.8||66.8||137.27|
As you can see, the Radeon HD 5550 is off the pace when it comes to its predecessors (which is to be expected, given its lower price point). High-end games will need to be played at lower settings; our Crysis Warhead benchmark returned an average frame-rate of 16.74 frames-per-second.
If you’re a casual gamer and cannot afford to spend a lot of money to satisfy your gaming needs, then the ATI Radeon HD 5550 might just be the right way to go.
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