Solved Radeon X300/X550/X1050 Series

February 4, 2011 at 10:31:45
Specs: Windows 7
Referencing the “Radeon X300/X550/X1050 Series", I would like to know what type of card this is?
ie. . . . . PCI, AGP etc.

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February 4, 2011 at 11:16:38
All of those were available on PCI-E X16 cards - the X300 was also built into laptop Mobile chipsets, and used the PCI-E x16 interface - the X1050 was also available on a 2X/4X/8X AGP card.

Look here:
Comparison of ATI graphics processing units

NOTE that you cannot use a card with a video chipset that supports 2X AGP mode on SOME mboards that have AGP slots that support 4X or 4X/8X AGP modes. In that case, there is a WARNING in the mboard manual, or in the support info for the mboard for the model on the brand name system's web site, that you can't install a card with a video chipset that supports 2X AGP mode or 3.3v AGP.

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February 4, 2011 at 12:38:27
I am interested in upgrading my video card (Radeon X300/X550/X1050 Series) to a better card. Do you have any recommendations? I am running windows 7 on a Dell Dimension 8400 Desktop with 4 gigs' of memory. I realize it is not a later model PC but it has been very reliable and I don't want to retire it yet. If more information is needed please let me know.

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February 4, 2011 at 13:14:27
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The fact that you're referring to your graphics as “Radeon X300/X550/X1050 Series" tells me you have no idea which one you have. According to Dell, your board has a PCI-e x16 slot:

What is the purpose of the upgrade? If it's for gaming, have a look at the following article, but keep in mind that gaming video cards generally consume a lot of power so it's possible that you'll have to replace the power supply to be able to accomodate a new card.

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: January 2011

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February 4, 2011 at 13:42:31
When you see something like that - Radeon X300/X550/X1050 Series - listed for the video adapter, it's likely the Windows 7 operating system installed built in drivers for the video adapter automatically.

".....gaming video cards generally consume a lot of power so it's possible that you'll have to replace the power supply to be able to accomodate a new card."

Your Dimension 8200 came with a 350 watt power supply.
Found here:

Your power supply must have at least the minimum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD ! )
If that info is not in the ad for the video card, you can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements. Some power supplies have two or more +12v ratings - in that case, add those ratings to determine the total +12v current capacity.

If you're a gamer...
In most if not all cases, the max capacity rating of the PS is an intermittent rating. It's recommended that you do not load your PS to any more that 80% of that rating if you are going to be using something that puts a constant load on it, such as playing a recent game for hours on end. In that case, you multiply the min capacity stated for the system with the particular video chipset on the card by 1.25 to find the min. capacity of the PS you should get.

If you need to get a PS with more capacity, you can usually replace it with any decent quality standard sized standard ATX PS.

Standard (PS/2) power supply size - 86mm high, 150mm wide, 140mm deep, or 3 3/8" h x 5 7/8" w x 5 1/2" d , or very close to that, though the depth can be more or less for some PSs.

Don't buy an el-cheapo (in quality) PS.
See response 3 in this:

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