Summary: i had trouble with an ATI radeon card that required its own extra molex connector (a 500 meg card) honestly, it wasn't worth the hassle... in contrast, this card installed like a charm & worked great out of the box. however, i recommend you go to the official radeon site and get the latest drivers for your card. the card performed as expected and ati-radeon made this card well-- so i have no complaints.
Summary: This product was hard to install; had to try 3 times before it would work correctly. That would be short lived; would be playing a game (Sims2 w/exp packs) and all the sudden it would freeze for a second and it would go to a black screen with a message no input signal. I would have to cut the power and reboot. After about a month it started doing this when surfing the internet. Now, just after 3 months, your lucking if you get to play 5 minutes.
Summary: This is an AGP card, not PCIe. I recently got this card because it is very cheap and is mainly to replace my old broken ATI Radeon 9800 pro 256 MB card which lasted since 2004 until 2008. I am getting a new rig but I want to have a video card in my old rig. Instead of replacing the 9800 pro I decided to get an ATI Radeon 9550 because the 9800 pro was prone to overheating problems and the technology is very sensitive, plus the fan is not good quality (mine fused to the...
Summary: Well, Day Four of my attempt to play Half Life 2 Episode One with my Radeon 9550. I have installed and reinstalled different sets of drivers more times than I have eaten during that time, and still the thing blows up in my face. Oddity of Oddities: the oft repeated advice to keep your driver updated to play games seems to be out the window here.
Great Buy If Ugrading from 128MB or 64MB for under $100
James B., Amazon
24 October 2007
Summary: I ordered this product from Amazon Sunday and it came Wednesday. The reason for upgrading was my Nvidia Geforce FX 5200 128MB had crapped out due to a nv4_disp error. So far the card has worked fine and improved performance. Where as my Geforce stuttered when playing Halo at 800X600 meduim settings, this card blows through the game at 1024X768 with max settings. Very pleased.
Summary: I've had 2 Radeon video cards and both of them have had the cooling fan break-of course after the warranty expired. it is impossible to replace the fan so the only option is to blow hundreds of dollars on a new card. if you want to buy a new video card every 2 years then go with Radeon. I'm going with Nvidia...
Summary: Great card, worked right out of the box. Good card to boast your system with 256 video ram freeing up the processor and getting the most out of your slightly older AGP 2X and 4X slot without upgrading motherboard and power supply. The DVD playback software was much better than the preinstalled software in my machine. All in all well worth the money. The extra RAM sure helps with CAD-CAM software.