Radeon HD 4550 

Released September, 2008
  • 600 MHz
  • 256 MB DDR2
The 3D performance has greatly increased, yet this is definitely not a gamer's card.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2008)
The one we review today features a passive cooler which makes it a great choice for a media PC because silence is key there.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2008)

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon HD 4550

PassMark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performanceData courtesy Passmark

Radeon HD 4550
251

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 4550
1,901.54
Radeon HD 5450
2,757.95
GeForce GT 730
1,603.37

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Radeon HD 4550
4.43

Reviews Word on the street for the Radeon HD 4550


9.0
Another area where incremental improvements have been made is the HDMI Audio feature.

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Power

Under load and peak it is also among the most modest cards with a very low power draw.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2008)
The card will draw all its power from the PCI-Express bus.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2008)
While they are only of secondary concern for you as the end user, they show how well AMD did their job engineering an efficient GPU that runs well without drawing loads of power.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2008)

Applications

If you are building a media PC on the tightest possible budget, the HD 3450 would still your weapon of choice.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2008)
While you can certainly play most games at modest resolutions with some eye candy, many people have just gotten used to turning up everything to the max to match what they see on marketing and review screenshots.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2008)
This makes it a prime candidate for a media PC where silence is key.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2008)

Output

On the HD 3000 Series you could go up to 5.1 audio over the HDMI link, now 7.1 is supported.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2008)
The HDMI Audio device is integrated in the GPU, which means that you won't have to feed an external audio signal to the card like on NVIDIA.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2008)
The previous HD 3000 Series had only 5.1 audio support over HDMI.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2008)

Consumption

In idle it delivers the lowest power consumption we ever saw during testing.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2008)
AMD has achieved an amazingly low power consumption with their new Radeon HD 4550.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2008)
Also I would like to mention the extremely low power consumption and overclocking potential of this card.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2008)

Media

The Radeon HD 4550 is dominated by the big black passive heatsink, it also uses a single slot which is often crucial in media PC designs.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2008)
The cards are targeted at the entry level segment with focus on HD media playback.
by techPowerUp! (Oct, 2008)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GPU brand ATI
GPU name RV710
Market Desktop
Clock speed 600 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card None

raw performance

Shading units 80
Texture mapping units 8
Render output processors 4
Compute units 1
Pixel rate 2.4 GPixel/s
Texture rate 4.8 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 96 GFLOPS

memory

Memory clock speed 655 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 1,310 MHz
Memory bus 64 bit
Memory 256 MB
Memory type DDR2
Memory bandwidth 10.48 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 25W
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