The ATI Radeon HD 5550 is an entry-level DirectX 11 capable graphics card aimed at the average consumer rather than gaming enthusiasts. It is available with either 512MB of GDDR5 or 1GB of GDDR3 graphical memory and boasts a very minimal power draw. Additionally, the Radeon HD 5550 sports the ability to stream uncompressed Blu-ray audio straight to an AV receiver without the need for a dedicated sound card.
The Radeon HD 5550 is designed to provide support for 1080p high definition media while also drawing minimal power (39 watts maximum), making it ideal for use with HTPCs as less powerful power supplies can handle it with little trouble. Similarly, the Radeon HD 5550's ability to stream Blu-ray audio to a receiver via its HDMI output makes it best suited for HTPC use while its other connectivity options (DVI, DisplayPort, VGA) provide it with compatibility with most video connection standards.
- 512MB of GDDR5 or 1GB of GDDR3 graphical memory
- DirectX 11 capable
- Streams uncompressed Blu-ray audio without the need for a sound card
- Support 1080p playback
- Connections: HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, VGA
- 3D stereoscopic display/glasses support
- ATI PowerPlay power management technology