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VisionTek 900331 Radeon HD 5550 1GB PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

  • 320 Stream Processors
  • 1GB
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16
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Your PC is now more visual than ever with the VisionTek Radeon HD 5550 video card. This entry-level graphics card offers the most features and functionality in their class with complete DirectX 11 support and advanced graphics, display features and technologies. With the cutting feature set, you’ll enjoy a performance punch in your daily work and play applications. At the “heart” of the entertainment experience on the PC, things like video playback, editing and transferring content to portable media players and even Windows 7 operation are now fast and easy.

  • newegg Microsoft DirectX 11 Support Full support for Microsoft DirectX11 and Shader Model 5.0 enables stunning and complex special effects. Users can enjoy amazing gaming performance and image quality with stunning 3D visual effects, realistic lighting and lifelike imagery
  • newegg ATI Eyefinity Technology ATI Eyefinity advanced multiple-display technology launches a new era of panoramic computing, helping to boost productivity and multitasking with innovative graphics display capabilities supporting massive desktop workspaces, creating ultra-immersive computing environments with super-high resolution gaming and entertainment, and enabling easy configuration and supporting up to six independent display outputs simultaneously.
  • newegg ATI Stream Technology ATI Stream technology is a set of advanced hardware and software technologies that enable AMD graphics processors (GPUs), working in concert with the system’s central processors (CPUs), to accelerate enabled applications beyond traditional graphics and video processing. This enables balanced platforms to run computationally-intensive tasks more efficiently, providing a better application experience to the end user.
  • newegg ATI Avivo HD Integrated into ATI Radeon HD 5000 series graphics processors, ATI Avivo HD includes a broad set of capabilities for advanced HD image processing, delivering flawless smooth HD video playback with hardware-based Unified Video Decoding 2 (UVD 2) capability.
  • newegg ATI PowerPlay Dynamically manage power efficiency and take control of your performance with AMD's revolutionary ATI PowerPlay power management technology delivering high performance features when needed and conserving power when the demand on the graphics processor is low. This industry-leading technology dramatically reduces the power consumption of ATI Radeon graphics family of products for the optimal balance between performance and power for break-through energy efficiency.

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  • Michael J.
  • 1/21/2014 8:40:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGot it for BTC mining

Pros: Mining BTC on my home based server. This is a low cost option for ~50MHash/sec.

Cons: Like anything BTC, you'll always end up wanting more! But at 10% of the higher end cards, this was worth it for getting into the BTC mining.

Other Thoughts: It's only at a linux command prompt, I use the video card soley for BTC mining! I'm pleased with the amount of $ I've invested.

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  • Cody W.
  • 11/16/2013 9:39:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: I bought this video card to speed up the frame rate on some of my games, and saw an immediate jump, compared to the integrated video card of my hp pavilion. Since it's a slightly older machine I couldn't get a high end video card, but this one works great.

Cons: The video card comes with 3 outputs, I could only get 2 to work at any given point in time, not sure if it's an issue with the card, or windows 7 or what, but it is what it is. That's the only reason I'm not giving this card 5 eggs.

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  • Jonathan B.
  • 1/18/2013 5:39:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood starter gaming card

Pros: I got this for my first build ever and it will play most games that I want to play

Cons: I wish I could mount a liquid cooling to it but I think I will upgrade a higher one before I do that now, can play COD black ops with lagging

Other Thoughts: still a good starting graphics card for beginners

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  • Michael D.
  • 11/8/2012 3:12:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFairly Great Video Card

Pros: - Great for computers such as the Inspiron 560
- Great for games such as World Of Tanks
- Easy to install
- Cheap & Effective

Cons: - Doesn't cope well with games like Borderlands 2

Other Thoughts: Great price, great shipping, and fairly well built video card.

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  • James L.
  • 11/2/2012 10:41:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than on-board graphics.

Pros: + Affordable upgrade for most older OEM systems that only have onboard video.
+ Runs most games for people who don't mind playing with less than the "ultra" settings turned on.
+ Backwards compatible with PCIe 1.0 x16 slots (verified by email from VisionTek).
+ Fan and heatsink are adeqate for the card, and the fan is nice and quiet.

Cons: - It isn't the latest and greatest card. This is a poor-man's "high end" card... (Not a "con", really).
- * Instructions for installation seem to be written rather poorly. (See below) *

Other Thoughts: If you can save up for a better card, or just a whole new system, do it. There isn't a real good reason to get this if you can afford something better, but it WILL play all the latest Blizzard games without sacrificing too much for what it is worth.

I honestly don't know what people are talking about with regards to stuttering/jumpiness, but then again I'm not trying to play anything spectacular with this card. It fits what I need it for, at least.

* How I got my card to work (Continued from "Cons") *

I was having a problem installing the drivers for this card on "Windows 7 Home Premium OEM", so these instructions are only what I did to get the card working properly. Windows would not automatically recognize the AMD drivers that I downloaded for this card, and always installed the generic windows video drivers. You don't need to disable or stop Windows from doing this, but you will need to make sure everything else you normally do to install a new video card. (You should be sure to download the drivers for it, if you can, before installing the card directly from the AMD web page).

If you have "on-board" video you have to first uninstall it from the Device Manager, shut down the computer, then put in the new card. When you boot up your system and before the Operating System loads, you might have to disable the on-board video in the BIOS - (Check to make sure if this is the case for your motherboard, the one I installed this card into did not need this step).

If you have a version of Windows that automatically installs drivers on boot, just let it install the generic video drivers. You should then bump up the resolution a notch or two, so when you install the AMD drivers you can see the whole menu and are able to click on all the buttons. After the resolution is adjusted, install the program/drivers from the download or the provided disk.

After the drivers are coppied to your hard drive and the program for the graphics software is done installing, it might give you an error message like it did for me. The error message I got was that the actual drivers for the device couldn't be installed, because Windows automatically installs the generic drivers on boot.

At this point, go back to the Device Manager, right-click on the video card and select the Update Drivers option. You should now have the option to browse for the drivers yourself, for your specific type of system (32 bit or 64 bit, etc.), from the location they were installed to.

Windows should then recognize the video card, and your computer will restart with the new drivers loaded. I had a hard time finding this information, just thought I'd share if anyone else was wondering.

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  • Zachry D.
  • 10/1/2012 7:48:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot for gaming

Pros: -Easy Install
-Windows automatically finds the correct drivers
-Interfaces with windows fine
-Works well with desktop applications, (web, video and the like).

Cons: -Poor Gaming performance

Other Thoughts: As appealing as the specs are on the surface, (1GB, HD 5500, PCI E), this card does not deliver on performance for gaming that requires a good card. Most specifically Borderlands 2, even with all settings at their lowest the game is still barely playable with how slow the frame rate is.

Get this card only if you are going to be watching web videos or doing some other task that does require good 3D graphic support.

Avoid this card if you're a gamer.

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  • Kevin G.
  • 8/6/2012 5:35:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot a good card

Pros: price

Cons: As Stated in another review this card is indeed jumpy, the framerate is horrible.

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  • Jason E.
  • 6/22/2012 1:15:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVisiontek HD 5550

Pros: Nothing

Cons: This card's frame rate is jumpy. It runs smooth one second then jerks around the next.

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  • Adam B.
  • 6/11/2012 6:44:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRadeon HD 5550

Pros: Great card for the price. Very easy to install. Does not need a big power supply.

Cons: None

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  • Robert S.
  • 5/29/2012 6:33:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsok card

Pros: price
newegg ships fast

Cons: none , it is what it is

Other Thoughts: running in a biostar microatx mobo with amdx3 cpu form my son to play games and do light graphics work on

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