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: 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.
The colors are great but kills budget system performance....
darkguardian2 "darkguardian2", Amazon
13 October 2007
Summary: I purchased this AGP to run 3d software occasionally and not really for games. I updated the BIOS, DirectX, and video drivers before installing the card and loading it's support software. The manual was a general manual that wasn't specific to my card. It recommend exiting hardware wizard and running the ATI install. The amount of software that was installed was overwhelming and unnecessary. All you need is Catalyist and the drivers.
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: I bought one of these cards at Christmas and my wife bought the 9550XL they look just alike and both are a terrible card for the money we paid. She paid $100.00 at Newegg and I bought mine at zipzzoomfly for $89.99 we both paid to much for these cards. I just upgraded last month to a new Nvidia 6200A. I paid less for the card and it outperforms it in everyway. I would never buy another of these even if all I did was surf the web.