Multimedia Ideal Arrived: ATI Radeon HD 4550 Graphics Adapter Review. Page 14
[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.
The Radeon HD 4550 cannot match the GeForce 9500 GT in terms of overall score or in the individual groups of tests. The gap is smaller in the SM3.0/HDR tests due to the good computing capabilities of the new Radeon.
The SM2.0 tests agree with the overall scores but the gap is smaller in the second test. And in the second SM3.0/HDR test the Radeon HD 4550 is even better than the GeForce 9500 GT. The overall results are logical enough, confirming our supposition about the misbalance of the Radeon HD 4550 architecture: the card has rather advanced computing resources but a weak texture-mapping and rasterization subsystem.
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