PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD5550
Posted by: Mac on: 16.06.2010 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
For what I would expect the PowerColor PCS+ HD5550 to retail for, a guesstimate price of £65 give or take, you get a very reasonable card, the GT240 I compared it to is probably a little more expensive and this I believe is reflected in the results I got. Ok you canít play the latest games at high resolution with all the eye candy on with the PCS+ HD5550 but then it only costs about a fifth of the price of a card that is capable of doing so. What you do get is a good all round card that is VERY quiet so would be ideal for a media centre pc as it is capable of decoding HD video content and passing audio down the HDMI output. It CAN play newer games at medium settings and return, for the most part, playable frame rates at higher resolutions. At the end of the day you get what you pay for and what you get in the PCS+ HD5550 is a good all round card.
As with the GT240 I reviewed a little while back I feel this card is a bit in no manís land. Itís not really powerful enough to be a dedicated gaming card but as a card for a dedicated media centre itís too much, there are cards that can do the same media duties for around half the price and for a few pounds more you can get a much better gaming card.
All things considered I award the PowerColor PCS+ HD5550 a GOLD award.
- Has every output you could want for a modern HTPC.
- Has a little bit of gaming capability, would probably play older games pretty well.
- DX11 capable.
- Struggles a bit with some newer games.
Reality Check: If you want a graphics card for your media centre that has a bit of light gaming capability then the PowerColor should be on your list of cards to consider, you wonít be disappointed.
Reviewed by Mac
Many thanks to PowerColor for supplying the PCS+ HD5550 for review.