Test SetupFuturemark 3DMark03 Pro (version 360)
Our benchmarks were chosen to fit the limited graphics processing power of the Radeon X550. Hence, older games like Star Trek: Elite Forces 2 and Unreal Tournament are tested alongside more demanding ones like Doom 3 and FarCry. Here is the complete list of the gaming benchmarks used:
Futuremark 3DMark05 Pro (version 120)
Star Trek: Elite Force 2
Command & Conquer: Generals
Unreal Tournament 2004 Demo
Halo: Combat Evolved
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
The Palit card was tested on our PCI Express based test system that consisted of an Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition processor with 1GB of DDR2-533 RAM operating in dual channel mode and an Intel D925XCV motherboard. The operating system of choice was Microsoft's Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 and Direct X 9.0c.
The previous Radeon X550 that we have reviewed from GeCube is overclocked similarly to the Palit Radeon X550V+. Both cards have a core clock speed of 450MHz and their memories are virtually identical at 750MHz for the GeCube and 756MHz for the Palit, hence the results between these two overclocked Radeon X550 cards should be close. The ATI reference Radeon X550 has also been included to illustrate the performance of a normal Radeon X550 at its default clock speeds. All the cards are equipped with 256MB of memory and are running the relatively recent Catalyst 5.7 drivers.