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Sapphire Radeon X550

Sapphire Technology Limited has just announced a new series of graphics products ideal for entry level systems and for users looking for cost effective upgrades from integrated graphics to discrete graphics.

Sapphire's Radeon X550 series will represent affordable graphics upgrades with great performance, technology and software support. Sapphire's Radeon X550 family operates on the PCI Express bus, the emerging PC industry standard for delivering maximum real-time performance for graphics-intensive software applications.

The Sapphire Radeon X550 series operates with a standard core clock speed of 400MHz and memory speeds of 500MHz. They will feature both 64-bit and 128-bit Memory Interface which provides signifi cant performance advantages over competitor's 32/64-bit solutions. Several models will be available from launch offering a choice of memory confi gurations with 128 or 256MB of memory, including versions with enhanced memory specifi cations suitable for overclocking and with a choice of conventional fan or fully passive cooling.

Dual monitor operation is supported, and the provision of both VGA and Video-Out connectors allows simple connection to analogue CRTs, TFTs and TVs. Maximum 3D resolution for monitor output is 2048x1536 @ 85Hz and for TV out is 1024x768.

Sapphire's Radeon X550 fully supports Microsoft DirectX 9 and incorporates ATI's SmartShader and SmoothVision technologies for the better enjoyment of top gaming titles, digital photography, video editing and web surfi ng. Sapphire's Radeon X550 series delivers the best graphics and video at its price point making it the perfect solution for entry level Microsoft Media Center Edition systems.

For more details visit www.sapphiretech.com

Chip set X550
Engine clock 400MHz
Memory clock 500MHz
Memory interface 128 / 64bit
Memory Support 128 / 256 MB
Bus Interface PCI - Express
Variable Display Outputs VGA + TV out + DVI
Max 3D resolution 2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz (VGA)
1024 x 768 (TV out)
Hardware Features DirectX® 9
SmartShaderTM 2.0
SmoothVisionTM 2.1
Software Feature HydravisionTM

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