Introduction to the Sapphire Radeon HD 5550 Overclocked Edition
These days, we are witnessing a great abundance of video card releases. We have seen new models come from Nvidia in the form of the 4xx series, and with ATI we have seen them filling in the gaps of their current line-ups. Many will claim there is just too many on the market, I believe the number of cards on the market is a great way for individuals to pick just the card he or she needs and at the price in which they can afford. One of the major players in the video card market is Sapphire, as they have released their fair share of great cards. While typically they release models based on the reference design, when it comes to non-reference models they are always ahead of the curve, which our next sample is a testament to that.
The Sapphire Radeon HD 5550 Overclocked Edition is obviously overclocked, as stated by the name, but also coming with an upgraded cooler from none other than Arctic Cooling. Arctic Cooling is known for producing great coolers at incredibly low prices. Sapphire incorporated the cooling engineering A.C. is known for and topped off their newest HD 5550 card with it. Traditionally the HD 5550 core is clocked at 550MHz, where as this new model has a slight overclock of 650MHz, but is the overclock worth it? We will find out shortly.
Sapphire’s take on the Radeon HD 5550 Series
“The SAPPHIRE HD 5500 series is based on the highly successful graphics architecture from the ATI division of AMD, built in its 40nm process. It supports the advanced graphical features of Microsoft DirectX 11, as well as on-board Stream Processing and video decoding, delivering superb video clarity and visual effects, whilst consuming very low power levels.
The SAPPHIRE HD 5550 family of graphics cards have 320 Stream processors and support Microsoft DirectX 11 as well as accelerating applications compatible with ATI Stream. SAPPHIRE now offers several new models with different memory configurations and display output options giving users a choice of card for different applications, and different budgets. As the core technology is low power, no external power connection is required, making this series ideal for system upgrades or mainstream PCs that do not have high end power supplies.”