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Great for new builds or upgrades, the AMD Radeon RX 550 graphics card delivers the best price-performance ratio at its price range. Based on the 4th generation GCN architecture, the Radeon RX 550 is manufactured using 14nm process, and features 512 stream processors, 2GB/4GB GDDR5 memory and 128-bit memory bus width. It delivers beefy performance to tackle the popular e-sports and MMORPG games in 1080p resolution. In addition to DirectX 12 and Vulkan support, a host of gaming-enhancing technologies are built in, like Radeon FreeSync, AMD Virtual Super Resolution (VSR), and AMD Eyefinity technology, helping optimize your gaming experience in your favorite titles.
This SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 550 4GB GDDR5 card (model# 100414P4G-2L) is slightly overclocked to 1206 MHz Boost frequency (1183 MHz for reference card). The use of aluminum-made capacitors helps extend the card's service life, and improve stability and potential of overclocking.
Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC) enables users to set a target maximum frame rate when playing an application in full screen mode; the benefit being that FRTC can reduce GPU power consumption (great for games running at frame rates much higher than the display refresh rate) and therefore reduce heat generation and fan speeds/noise on the graphics card.
Frame Rate Target Control caps performance not only in 3D rendered in-game scenes, but also in splash screens, loading screens and menus, where frame rates can often run needlessly into the hundreds of FPS. Users might wish to set a very high cap just to limit wasteful FPS like that seen in menus and such, while still taking advantage of the responsiveness given by FPS well beyond 60.
DirectX 12 is a new, “console-like” graphics API from Microsoft that empowers game developers with more direct and obvious control of PC hardware. This direct or “explicit” control better exposes the hardware resources of AMD Radeon GPUs to yield higher hardware throughput and, ultimately, more performance for users. To put it simply: much more efficient hardware through smarter software! At the discretion of a game developer, this superior efficiency can be spent on higher framerates, lower latency (VR), lower power consumption, better image quality, or some calculated balance of all four. In any scenario, gamers stand to benefit greatly from choosing AMD hardware to run their favorite DirectX 12 game.
No stuttering. No tearing. Just gaming.
AMD FreeSync technology allows a compatible graphics card and monitor to dynamically change frame rates for the optimum display quality without tearing.
Freesync uses industry-standard displayport Adaptive-Sync to eliminates screen tearing without all the usual lag and latency.
Plug in and game on with AMD XConnect technology.
Now it’s easier than ever to connect and use an external Radeon graphics card. With AMD XConnect technology, external GPU enclosures configured with Radeon Graphics can easily connect and disconnect to a compatible ultrathin notebook or 2-in 1 over Thunderbolt 3 at any time, just like a USB flash drive - a first for external GPUs!
AMD Eyefinity Technology
Multidisplay technology for gaming, productivity and entertainment
Take you beyond the boundaries of traditional PC displays. AMD Eyefinity technology expands the traditional limits of desktop computing by multiplying your screen area. With multiple monitors, games become more immersive, workstations become more useful and you become more productive (an average of 42% more productive according to one study).
Take your PC games to the next level of reality and immersion. Most modern games look great on three screens, and only AMD Radeon graphics offer you the ability to play across five screens for an eye-popping gaming experience. Other combinations and configurations with up to six screens work too.1 Create your dream display.
High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a state-of-the-art technology for gamers and cinephiles that care deeply about the display quality of their TV or monitor. Modeled after the acuity of human vision, HDR vastly expands the range of colors and contrast ratios that can be shown by compatible displays. HDR-ready games and movies played on an HDR display appear strikingly sharp, colorful, and vivid, with enhanced contrast and sophisticated nuance compared to even the most stunning SDR content.
High quality aluminum-made long life capacitor is not only to extend the component life time, the product reliability and overclocking ability are also improved. When operational temperatures dropped by 20°C, the product life span is going to be extended up to a factor of ten. In addition, when the operational temperature increased by 20°C, the product life span only decreased by 10%.