First-Person 3D Shooters
Alas, the Radeon HD 4550 is not strong enough to run the game at an acceptable speed even though this game doesn’t support antialiasing. The RBE subsystem proves to be a bottleneck but seldom today, but this card has a weaker RBE subsystem even in comparison with the GeForce 9500 GT, let alone the more sophisticated products.
The GPU’s relatively advanced computing section just can’t show its full potential within these limitations.
Call of Juarez
The Radeon HD 4550 is very slow here, but this is a resource-consuming game: the GeForce 9800 GT and Radeon HD 4830 are slow, too.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
The Radeon HD 4550 is obviously not a gaming card even though it outperforms the GeForce 9500 GT. The somewhat more expensive Radeon HD 4670 is almost three times as fast!
The new card’s average frame rate is no higher than 10fps and it is slower by 45% than the GeForce 9500 GT, the slowest of Nvidia’s solutions. It seems like we should forget about serious gaming with Radeon HD 4550.
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
The frame rate is fixed at 30fps in this game as this is the rate at which the physical model is being updated at the server. Thus, this 30fps speed is the required minimum for playing the game.
Quake Wars is not a heavy application, but the Radeon HD 4550 is an outsider again. It is unable to deliver the desired 30fps whereas the GeForce 9500 GT can do that.
Half-Life 2: Episode Two
There is no need for any comments here. The cheapest graphics cards do not allow playing this game even at a resolution of 1280x1024 with 4x FSAA.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky
Like Crysis, this game is too heavy even for top-end graphics hardware, let alone such entry-level solutions as Radeon HD 4550 or GeForce 9500/9400.