PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD5550
Posted by: Mac on: 16.06.2010 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
To test the Power Color PCS+ HD5550 I will be fitting it into the following system.
- CPU - Intel i5 750 @ 3.3Ghz
- CPU Cooling - Zalmann CNPS8700 NT
- Motherboard - DFI MI P55-T36
- GFX Card - On Review
- Sound - On Board
- Memory - 4GB OCZ Platinum DDR3 1600
- Disks - Western Digital Scorpio Black 250GB 2.5Ē
- Optical†- Pioneer BDC-202BK
- Case - SilverStone SG02B-F
- PSU - BeQuiet 350w
- On Review - Power Color PCS+ HD5550
To test the Power Color PCS+ HD5550 I will run various game based benchmarks and synthetic benchmarks and compare it against a similarly priced graphics card, an Inno3D GT240 iChill, to see how they fair against each other.
The game based benchmarks are Resident Evil 5, Dirt2 and Battlefield Bad Company 2 which will be run at 1280x1024 and 1920x1200 as these are probably the most commonly used. The synthetic bench mark I will be running is 3DMark Vantage.
Once I had run the above tests on the GT240 for comparison I set about fitting the Powercolor PCS+ HD5550.
Fitting the PCS+ HD5550 was very straight forward once I had uninstalled the Nvidia drivers and run driver sweeper to clear off all the leftover Nvidia files it was simply a case of pulling the old card out plugging the PCS+ HD5550 in booting up and installing the latest drivers from ATI and away we went, simple.
Once installed it was time to start running the various benchmarks.
Results as follows: -
First up Resident Evil 5, this was run in DX10 mode with the following settings: -
Anti Aliasing: - Off. Motion Blur: - Off. All Texture and Detail settings: - High.
Here we see the Powercolor PCS+ HD5550 slightly behind the GT240 but only by a handful of frames. At 1280x1024 it offers a playable average frame rate of over 50FPS, not quite the golden 60FPS some would have you believe is a minimum playable frame rate. Up the resolution to 1920x1200 and both cards start to struggle.
The next game is Dirt2 this was run at the following settings: -
Anti Aliasing: - Off. Texture / Detail Preset: - Medium.
Again we see the PCS+ HD5550 a few frames down on the GT240 but still offering decent playable frame rates and itís not until we turn the resolution up to 1920x1200 that it dips down to around 30FPS.
The final game is Battlefield Bad Company 2, this was run at the following settings: -
Texture / Detail Preset: - Medium.
Here we see a slight change from what we have been seeing in that it would seem the PCS+ HD5550 offers a little more oomph when it comes to the minimum frames per second, which letís face it is more important than max frames per second. The average frames per second are still a little less than might be desired though at less than 40 at 1280x1024.
Onto 3DMark Vantage, this was run in performance mode with the graphics score as follows: -
Again we see the PowerColor PCS+ HD5550 lagging behind, though it seems it doesnít fair quite as well in this synthetic benchmark with the GT240 scoring nearly 1000 points more.
Once I had completed the tests I had a go at overclocking the PCS+ HD5550, as it was already pre overclocked I wasnít expecting much more so I was quite surprised when I easily got to this.
So with an extra 50 / 100Mhz on both the core and memory respectively, I could probably go even further but I didnít want to push my luck so settled for nice round numbers, I reran a couple of the benchmarks, results as follows: -
Whilst the increase in performance isnít exactly mind blowing the extra couple of frames on equates to approx 7% increase which is always worth having for free.
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