ATI Radeon HD 4550 Pro Reviews
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"Mainstream gamers need only apply here and for that it's more than applicable, doesn't cost much, has a great feature set, and is low on power consumption. If those are your needs then you've got a winner but if you're starting fresh on an HTPC or simply a PC that doesn't need a lot of video performance, you might be better off with a 780G motherboard. Of course, pair a 780G motherboard and a 4550 and that's less than the cost of a 790GX. To summarize there are a lot of great options and it's a matter of picking what's right for you. The Radeon HD 4550 does what it needs to do quit well but be warned: anyone more than mainstream gamers should just save up an extra $25-30 and go for something more powerful."
"In its price range the Radeon HD 4550 is unbeatable whether it be for gaming or media use."
"For roughly 50 USD you'll have a very capable dual-link 512MB graphics card that can drive a high resolution monitor and then an analog one up-to 1920x1200. You'll also have a dirt cheap solution at hand to decode and accelerate HDCP encoded blu-ray movies or upscale DVD playback to 1920x1080 and actually have the GPU enhance and accelerate that content for you. So if you plan to build a cheapo Home Theater PC, this might be a very affordable alternative.
So it boils down to this, don't expect to play modern games with this entry-level card, please spend a little more money, at 90 USD the Radeon HD 4670 is you next best thing. But other than that the Radeon HD 4550 is a very versatile highly feature rich graphics card that will allow you to do all the normal daily PC stuff. And the good thing here .. it definitely doesn't break the bank at all."
"As it stands, AMD has completed a top-to-bottom 4-series line-up with the release of the ATI Radeon HD 4550. Performance is better than its immediate rival(s), helped by the efficiency of the architecture, but it's not the beneficiary of a massive performance jump that other 4-series cards have shown."
"With an expected price range of $45 to $55, the new Radeon HD 4550 is certainly an affordable product and it represents a significant upgrade over any integrated graphics solution. The card's feature set, low power characteristics, optional passive cooler, and HDMI / DisplayPort outputs are also appealing, especially to prospective HTPC do-it-yourselfers and systems integrators. However, the simple fact of the matter is, there are a multitude of similarly priced graphics cards in the Radeon HD 4550's class that offer better frame rates with similar video digital video performance."