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VisionTek Radeon HD 5550 DirectX 11 900331 1GB PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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5 out of 5 eggs Better than on-board graphics. 11/02/2012

This review is from: VisionTek Radeon HD 5550 DirectX 11 900331 1GB PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

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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VisionTek Radeon HD 5550 DirectX 11 900331 1GB PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Better than on-board graphics. 11/02/2012

This review is from: VisionTek Radeon HD 5550 DirectX 11 900331 1GB PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

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.

READ FULL REVIEW
VisionTek Radeon HD 5550 DirectX 11 900331 1GB PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Better than on-board graphics. 11/02/2012

This review is from: VisionTek Radeon HD 5550 DirectX 11 900331 1GB PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

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.

READ FULL REVIEW

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