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Diamond Stealth X550

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Test System
CPU:AMD Socket939 Dual Core Opteron 175
Motherboard:ASRock 939 Dual SATA2 BIOS 939DM21.50
Memory:2x512MB OCZ PC3500 GX (BH-5) 2-2-2-5
Video Card:Diamond Stealth Express X550
Harddisk:Seagate Barracuda SATA 80GB
Power Supply:Thermaltake TWV 500W
Software:Windows XP SP2, Catalyst 5.13

The benchmarks were run at stock GPU and memory settings of 400/500 MHz and overclock GPU and memory settings of 550/800 MHz. Each benchmark was ran at resolutions of 800x600 no AA and 1024x768 no AA where applicable. The 3D settings in the control panel set to performance and application preference set as default. I added an X800 XTPE as well as an NVIDIA 5700LE w/256 MB memory and 81.98 drivers to the benchmarks for comparison.

3DMark01SE Build 330

3DMark03 Build 360

3DMark05 Build 120

PCMark05 Graphic Test Suite

3DMark05 Feature Tests 1024 x 768

The Diamond Stealth X550 by no means set any records considering only having 4 Pixels pipes but would fall in around an ATI 9600 XT. The Benchmarks results reflect that and the overclock scores show the card still would not serve well as a high res gaming graphics card.
I did play Guild Wars at 1024 x 768 resolution with visual quality option set to highest and also at 1600 x 1200. The game was playable for me at the 1024 x 768 resolution, some noticeable pauses but over all the game was playable at that resolution lowering visual quality some in options. The game has some really nice graphics and the X550 did well in displaying textures and colors.

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