Multimedia Ideal Arrived: ATI Radeon HD 4550 Graphics Adapter Review. Page 13
[12/28/2008 12:23 PM | Graphics]
by Alexey Stepin , Yaroslav Lyssenko, Anton Shilov
ATI Radeon HD 4550, one of the junior solutions in the latest Radeon lineup, boasts pretty attractive features: it supports DirectX 10.1, advanced second generation Avivo HD video processor, hardware video streams acceleration, 7.1 sound over HDMI, and consumes very little power. But this is all the promises from the developers. In our turn, we are going to find out if Radeon HD 4550 is really as good for playing new gaming titles and functioning as part of HTPC system for playing back Blu-ray movies.
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
The new Radeon finds itself in last place again. Like in most other cases, it is the cut-down architecture of the raster back-ends that prevents the Radeon HD 4550 from competing even with the GeForce 9500 GT.
Like some other projects from EA, Spore has an integrated frame rate limiter, so you should compare the bottom speeds of the cards in the first place.
Spore is not a demanding application but the Radeon HD 4550 cannot cope with it right after the game’s unicellular phase. The GeForce 9500 GT feels better despite its weak computing resources.
World in Conflict
The frame rate of 6fps is an unsatisfactory result, but the GeForce 9500 GT with its 15fps is not far better when it comes to practical play.
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