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SAPPHIRE RADEON X550 256MB

"Sapphire Radeon x550 is a 256MB video card using the latest PCI Express standard, it has been designed to offer good performance for a budget price. Sapphire Radeon x550 will be reviewed against Inno3D GeForce 6200 TC using Warhammer Dawn of War, World Racing 2 and Xpand Rally."

SAPPHIRE RADEON X550

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON64 3000
VIDEO CARD SAPPHIRE RADEON X550
INNO3D GEFORCE 6200 TC
ATI DRIVER ATI CATALYST v6.6
NVIDIA DRIVER NVIDIA FORCEWARE v91.31
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA 2
MEMORY 2 x 512MB OCZ GOLD XTC PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0C
BENCHMARK SETTINGS:- We use two different image quality and resolution settings when we benchmark computer hardware for review. Low quality setting uses a resolution of 1024x768 (unless otherwise stated) and all of the game settings are set to low, this setting will mostly test for processor rather than video performance. Medium quality setting uses a resolution of 1280x1024 (unless otherwise stated) and all of the game settings are set to medium, this setting will test both the processor and video performance.

WARHAMMER 40,000
DAWN OF WAR

LOW QUALITY

SAPPHIRE RADEON X55069
INNO3D GEFORCE 6200 TURBOCACHE53

MEDIUM QUALITY

SAPPHIRE RADEON X55054
INNO3D GEFORCE 6200 TURBOCACHE36

SAPPHIRE RADEON X550 INNO3D GEFORCE 6200 TURBOCACHE

COMMENT "Sapphire Radeon x550 and Inno3D GeForce 6200 TC both deliver playable performance even using medium quality."

WORLD RACING 2

LOW QUALITY

SAPPHIRE RADEON X55038
INNO3D GEFORCE 6200 TURBOCACHE21

MEDIUM QUALITY

SAPPHIRE RADEON X55029
INNO3D GEFORCE 6200 TURBOCACHE14

SAPPHIRE RADEON X550 INNO3D GEFORCE 6200 TURBOCACHE

COMMENT "The Inno3D GeForce 6200 TC is unable to provide playable performance at any quality setting. However Sapphire Radeon x550 is playable at all settings."

XPAND RALLY

LOW QUALITY

SAPPHIRE RADEON X55070
INNO3D GEFORCE 6200 TURBOCACHE40

MEDIUM QUALITY

SAPPHIRE RADEON X55029
INNO3D GEFORCE 6200 TURBOCACHE16

SAPPHIRE RADEON X550 INNO3D GEFORCE 6200 TURBOCACHE

COMMENT "Sapphire Radeon x550 outperforms Inno3D GeForce 6200 TC by between 43% to 45%."

FINAL RESULT

SYNTHETIC BENCHMARKS

SAPPHIRE RADEON X55017589
INNO3D GEFORCE 6200 TURBOCACHE11538 (-35%)

GAME BENCHMARKS

SAPPHIRE RADEON X5502097
INNO3D GEFORCE 6200 TURBOCACHE1343 (-36%)

SAPPHIRE RADEON X550 INNO3D GEFORCE 6200 TURBOCACHE

COMMENT "Sapphire Radeon x550 delivers some good performances when you consider it's a budget video card. Sapphire Radeon x550 when using synthetic benchmarks outperforms Inno3D GeForce 6200 TC by an impressive 35%. Sapphire Radeon x550 also has no problems running games software and it outperforms Inno3D GeForce 6200 TC by an equally impressive 36%. Sapphire Radeon x550 might not always be able to run software using medium or high settings but it's performance is very good for such a cheap video card!"

SAPPHIRE RADEON X550

PAGE 1 SAPPHIRE RADEON X550
PAGE 2 FAR CRY, GT LEGENDS, LEGO STAR WARS AND QUAKE 3
PAGE 3 SERIOUS SAM II, TRACKMANIA SUNRISE AND TRIBES
PAGE 4 DAWN OF WAR, WORLD RACING 2 AND FINAL RESULT

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