The Asus A9550 graphics card features ATI’s Radeon 9550 graphics processing unit. This GPU displays high-quality 2D and 3D graphics on Windows-based computers. It supports DirectX 9.0 and includes 128MB of dedicated video memory. This graphics card is capable of displaying resolutions up to 2048-by-1536 pixels. You can connect the Asus A9550 to analog and digital monitors or high definition televisions.
Asus’s A9550 graphics card features a 250MHz ATI Radeon 9550 GPU and 128MB of double data rate, or DDR, memory running at 400 MHz. The A9550 uses a 128MB memory bus with a clock speed of 400MHz. It supports Microsoft DirectX 9.0 and OpenGL 1.5, 3D rendering technologies required by most video games and 3D modeling software. The card features ATI’s VideoShader, SmoothVision and Smartshader, which provide several graphical enhancements, including anisotropic filtering and other image sharpening techniques. Microsoft has certified the card for use with the Aero interface included with Windows Vista and 7.
The ATI Radeon 9550 graphics processing unit at the heart of Asus’s A9550 video card is capable of handling up to 65,280 DirectX 9.0 vertex shader instructions. It can perform 1,536 instructions each rendering pass when using DirectX 9.0’s pixel shader function. The A9550 features 2X, 4X and 6X anti-aliasing modes and 2X, 4X, 8X and 16X anisotropic filtering modes. It supports hardware-based video acceleration MPEG video decoding, which improves video playback quality, and performance when viewing DVDs and other MPEG-based video sources.
The Asus A9550 is compatible with motherboards equipped with an AGP slot. It includes a standard 15-pin VGA port for connecting analog monitors. It also provides S-Video and composite jacks for use with standard definition televisions. The A9550 plugs into high-definition televisions and digital monitors equipped with a DVI interface. It supports dual monitor configurations and includes a DVI-to-VGA adapter to connect the video card to a second VGA monitor. The A9550 will display a maximum resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels when connected to a standard definition television, 1,920 by 1,080 pixels with an HDTV and up to 2048 by 1536 when used with a digital monitor.
The Asus A9550 comes with Asus’s GameFace Live, a program for in-game video communication, and the company’s Video Security II remote surveillance software. It also includes ATI’s Catalyst driver installation disk, a DVI-to-VGA adapter and user’s manual. Asus provides buyers of the A9550 graphics card with a three-year limited warranty.