VisionTek 900331 Radeon HD 5550 Video Card
Enjoy high quality graphics, smooth gameplay, and powerful video editing using the VisionTek 900331 Radeon HD 5550 Video Card. This video card is designed to deliver a feature-laden gaming and computing experience and enable smooth HD gaming with incredible image quality. Through this video card, video playback, editing, and transferring content to portable media players are faster and easy. The VisionTek 900331 Radeon HD 5550 Video Card also supports Windows 7 and future DirectX® 11 games providing users amazing system performance in an energy-efficient card that is easy to install without needing an external power supply.
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|Interface Type||PCI Express 2.0|
|Multiple Monitors Support||Yes|
|Max. Monitors Supported||2|
|GPU Series||ATI Radeon HD 5000|
|GPU/VPU||RADEON HD 5550|
|Additional Features||ATI Avivo HD Technology|
|Core Clock||550 MHz|
|Direct Compute 11|
|Minimum PSU Wattage Requirement||300 Watt|
|Specification Notes|| To provide the most accurate specifications, the specifications listed are based upon the manufacturer's exact model specification as published on the manufacturer's website.|
Few PC users have ever experienced the huge productivity boost that comes from using multiple monitors on the same PC. Ironically, many of today's PC have the capability already installed, and Windows (since 2000) natively supports dual monitors. Configuring dual monitors is so easy: just use the second video port (if there are two separate ports installed), or add a second video card or better yet, a video card that has dual DVI ports. Then plug in your second monitor, change a couple of simple Windows settings, and you have double the Windows Desktop. This lets you have your spreadsheet and email visible at the same time, or PowerPoint and Photoshop. The combinations are endless. And since most of the overhead is handled by the video card, there is little significant impact (if any) on system performance. Dual Monitors is one of the simplest, yet most amazing productivity boosters you can add to your PC! Optionally, you can use a dual monitor stand and recover your workspace in the process!
Express - Delivering Dramatically Improved Graphics
Doubling the bandwidth of the AGP 8X graphics bus, the new PCI Express represents the most profound change to desktop architecture in nearly a decade. PCI Express replaces AGP, allowing much larger amounts of data to move between the graphics card and the CPU, and will soon replace PCI expansion slots as well. The PCI standard allows for a 32-bit bus with a maximum throughput of 133MB/s. By contrast, PCI Express will run at 2.5GHz. PCI Express is a two-way serial connection that carries data in packets along two pairs of point-to-point data lines, compared to the single parallel data bus of traditional PCI. Gamers will benefit from an incredible upgrade in video quality with PCI Express, because it will allow for more powerful video cards, inspiring developers to create more realistic environments that will make games come alive with astonishingly lifelike colors and images. Video enthusiasts will also benefit because PCI Express will accommodate higher-quality video throughput (amount of data you can send per second). As network television moves over to HDTV broadcasts, PCI Express positions the PC platform for integration into the living room, while also allowing for HD video editing and other bandwidth-intensive tasks. PCI Express is compatible with existing PCI drivers and software operating systems and is designed to co-exist with current PCI hardware.
Express 2.0 - High End Graphics Have Arrived
A number of optimizations and improvements have been made to the protocol and software layers of the PCI Express architecture in the PCI Express Base 2.0 specification. These include:
Video Card Designs
Today's high performance video cards enable amazing graphics, and frequently come emblazoned with high-impact graphics, or in brilliant colors. These help to enhance the appeal of the card. However, from time to time, manufacturers do change these designs and colors, but this has no effect on the features, specifications, or performance of the specific video card model, and will usually retain the same manufacturer's model and part number. The images displayed for a video card are based upon the sample provided by the manufacturer, and the specific visual design you receive may vary. So remember, while the card may look cool, it's the specs that matter!
Before you buy - make sure your motherboard is compatible with this video card. For example, PCI Express video cards won't work with motherboards designed only for AGP or PCI video cards, and vice versa. Please read the specifications carefully or call us for expert advice.
PCI, AGP, and PCI-E (PCI Express)
Check your motherboard and make sure you are purchasing the correct cardbus type.
There are 3 types of cardbus slots currently available: PCI, AGP, and PCI Express (PCIe 2.0 is compatible with PCIe slot)
- The most widely used I/O bus, it provides a shared data path between
the CPU and peripheral controllers, such as network, display, SCSI and
RAID cards. Though limited in terms of performance, they are considered
the best value when you upgrade your video capabilities on a PC. The PCI
interface can be found and used in nearly any motherboard.
- The AGP slot is next in line of higher graphic performance. It was designed
especially for the throughput demands of 3-D graphics. It offers up to
8x improvement over a PCI card, is 32 bits wide and runs at 66 MHz. It
provides a direct connection between the card and memory, and only one
AGP slot is on the motherboard. The motherboard must be equipped with
an AGP bus slot for an AGP card to be compatible.(AGP 1x provided a data
transfer rate of 264 Mbytes/sec. AGP 2x is 528 Mbytes/sec. AGP 4x is 1
Gbyte/sec. AGP 8x is 2 Gbytes/sec.)
Express - PCI Express is the newest technology that
is superior to both PCI and AGP, in terms of graphic performance. It offers
performance as much as 4x faster than the fastest AGP 8X slot. PCI Express
connections can support fast data transfer rates, which can be used to
connect high-speed devices such as high-end video cards. The slots come
in different variations and speeds, such as x1, x4, x8, and x16. Presently,
most high-end motherboards meant for design, video production, or gaming
come with PCI express slots. To use a PCI Express card, your computer
must have at least one available PCI Express slot.
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Good Working Video Card
Plugged it in and it worked right away and it segnificantly improved my PC's performance. The limiting component is now the processor. Great price...
Entry Level Video Card
There are lots of Radeons out there that are bigger, meaner, faster, and ummm more expensive. Here is a good Accelerator that is low cost and pretty good speed.
Good Product Fair Deal
I use it on my Dell 530 and it is a great card. I replace a Asus Ati 512 card. I still use s-video on my 27 inch Sony tv but will upgrade. When I win a contest of some sort.
For what you get with this video card the price is very cheap. Very easy as plug and play. Works great.