Ati Radeon 9550 Graphic card

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Balem, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. Balem

    Balem Guest

    my system configuration
    MCE 2005
    Intel Pentium 4 HT 2.8ghz
    512mb memory
    Ati Radeon 9200 128mb AGP 8x
    TV tuner
    7in1 memory card reader
    2 optical drive(DVD burner and CD drive)
    floppy drive

    I'm thinking of replacing my Ati Radeon 9200 to Ati Radeon 9550. Does this
    mean that i will also need to replace the HP 200 watts power supply or is my
    HP power supply enough?

    here is the system requirements for Ati Radeon 9550 on newegg website.

    System Requirements Intel Pentium 4/III/II/Celeron AMD-K6 Duron Athlon
    Athlon XP or compatible with
    AGP 4X (1.5V), 8X (0.8v) or Universal AGP 3.0 bus configuration (4X/8X).
    128MB of system memory
    Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
    DVD playback requires DVD drive
    Balem, Aug 30, 2006
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  2. The 9550 shouldn't use much more power than the 9200, but whether its enough
    to push it over the edge I cannot say. I'm amazed you're able to run all
    your existing stuff with only a 200 watt power supply.

    Dana Cline - MCE MVP
    Dana Cline - MVP, Aug 30, 2006
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  3. Balem

    JW Guest

    A 9550 is not much better then a 9200 aned probably draws onlyg slightly
    more power. I would think if you were going to upgrade you would select a
    new one with a lot more graphics power and ability to display good quality
    TV video such as a 128 MB X1300 Pro if you prefer ATI cards.
    JW, Aug 30, 2006
  4. Balem

    Balem Guest

    The Ati Radeon 1300 pro requires 350 power supply and 256 of system memory.
    this mean i will have to replace my existing power supply. Will i need to
    add a memory too since i only have 222356 of available physical memory by
    looking at task manager? Is this graphic card good at displaying games also
    or is this card better at video?
    Balem, Aug 30, 2006
  5. I think that means the card comes with 256Mb of video memory - it shouldn't
    need any of your system RAM. Of course, more memory is always better, and
    there are those that believe we should all have 1Gb. I'm of the opinion that
    512Mb is OK, but 256 is a bit too low for decent performance.

    Dana Cline - MCE MVP
    Dana Cline - MVP, Aug 30, 2006
  6. Balem

    JW Guest

    This card would be satisfactory for both video and low powered games. If
    you are high powered gamer than you need to look at a X1600 Pro or X1900.
    Task manager is not a good indicator of available physical memory since much
    of allocated memory is probably avialable since the process usthat used have
    completed and the data has been copied to disk and keeping track of it
    enables the OS to start the process again if it isrequrested without
    re-reading the data and other process have not started that needed memory.
    JW, Aug 30, 2006
  7. Balem

    JW Guest

    If you are not a gamer over 128MB recommended by MS for HDTV is not
    required on a graphics card since even when processing 1080i HDTV the
    numbers of full size frame size buffers required does not require a lot over
    I agree 512MB of system memory is just fine, that is what MS recommended for
    using HDTV tuners when MCE 2005 was launched.
    JW, Aug 30, 2006
  8. Balem

    Balem Guest

    I just check my motherboard and the AGP slot has this printed 1.5v AGP slot
    only. Does the voltage matters with this Ati radeon X1300 pro?
    Balem, Sep 1, 2006
  9. Balem

    JW Guest

    I was not aware that were any different voltages for AGP slots. The most
    important characteristic of an AGP slot is its speed. 2x,4x, or 8x with
    newer boards all having 8x and possibly 8x is required by the X1300 Pro.
    Your Bios should tell you the speed.
    JW, Sep 1, 2006
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