“ ASUS A9550/TD/128 - Graphics adapter - RADEON 9550 SE - AGP 8x - 128 MB DDR - Digital Visual Interface (DVI) - TV out „
I purchased this graphics card a few years ago for around £40 as an upgrade for an AGP Shuttle system. Now the price is much lower, so you could probably get it for around £20 or less. The only purpose for this card was to play Outrun, which the standard motherboard could not run very well. Also this card has the important DVI output.
Like any other AGP graphics card, you simply stick in the AGP slot, boot up the computer and install the drivers. At the monitor's native 1440x900 resolution, the graphics card is not quite able to able to play Outrun at 60 fps. The game struggles slightly, however downloading a piece of overclocking software called ATITool increases performance to 60 fps with the occasional video glitching.
However at the standard 1280 x 720 resolution, this graphics card doesn't have any difficulties. So for anyone who needs an agp graphics card for connecting a native 720 plasma this graphics card is more than sufficient. Even by today's standards this card is fairly good. Recently I purchased a PCI express motherboard, yet the onboard graphics didn't match this ASUS9550 graphics card.
Powered by ATi's Radeon 9550 SE Visual Processing Unit, the graphics processor supports DirectX 9.0 programmable shaders in its class, ASUS Radeon 9550 provide outstanding image quality and high performance for immerse game play and business. Incorporating various cutting edge technologies such as ATi's SMARTSHADER, SMOOTHVISION, VIDEOSHADER, ASUS' GameFace, and ASUS Video security II. Additional features such as TV-out, DVI output, 2nd VGA and rich-spectrum of unique ASUS innovations make the ASUS Radeon9550 a complete solution for the 3D market.