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ATI Radeon HD 4550 and ATI Radeon HD 4350 Graphics Cards


Introduction

AMD recently announced the introduction of the ATI Radeon? HD 4550 and ATI Radeon? HD 4350 graphics cards, the latest additions to the award-winning ATI Radeon? HD 4000 series graphics line up. These feature-rich graphics cards deliver exceptional gaming and HD multimedia performance at value prices. Both cards are based on the same technology found in the celebrated ATI Radeon? HD 4800 series, including support for the latest DirectX? 10.1 games and superior HD multimedia capabilities.

Delivering mainstream-class performance at a value price, the ATI Radeon HD 4550 graphics card plays demanding game titles previously unplayable by cards in this price segment2, and for less than USD $59 for a 512MB memory configuration. An even more incredible value, the ATI Radeon HD 4350 graphics card is the ideal introduction to the ATI Radeon HD 4000 series, priced for less than USD $39 for a 256 MB memory configuration, giving gamers and multimedia enthusiasts more features than products available from the competition today.


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ATI Radeon HD 4550 and ATI Radeon HD 4350 Graphics Cards - Overview

Overview

Step up your game: The ATI Radeon™ HD 4550 graphics card

The ATI Radeon™ HD 4550 graphics card gives mainstream-class PC game performance at a value price. Derived from the same cutting edge technology found throughout the ATI Radeon HD 4800 family of products and featuring 80 stream processing cores, the card is based on the AMD advanced second generation 55nm process. With 96 GFLOPS of compute power (eight times the raw compute power of the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue), the ATI Radeon™ HD 4550 allows users to unlock new gaming experiences never before playable in this segment2, with full support for DirectX 10.1 games. With incredible power efficiency, operating at less than 20 watts under full load, the ATI Radeon™ HD 4550 is available as a passively cooled solution so users can access incredible gaming capabilities with a minimum of noise, heat and power consumption. The ATI Radeon™ HD 4550 with a frame buffer of 512MB DDR3 memory is expected to be available in October.

“It’s great to see AMD deliver gaming performance for the mainstream segment,” said Alexander Muller, CEO, SK Gaming International. “People will be excited to know they can get their hands on leading graphics performance at an incredible value price.”


Go beyond HD: The ATI Radeon™ HD 4350 graphics card

With certain card configurations offering more than seven times the gaming performance compared to competing integrated motherboard graphics offerings1, the ATI Radeon HD 4350 graphics card marks an incredible, low-cost introduction to the ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 series family. Consuming just 20 watts under full load and featuring a frame buffer of 256MB memory and 7.1 channel audio via HDMI, the ATI Radeon™ HD 4350 is also expected to be available in October.


Spectacular HD multimedia experience

Home theatre enthusiasts should especially appreciate the ATI Radeon™ HD 4550 or the ATI Radeon™ HD 4350 graphics offerings. In addition to superior game performance, these ultra-quiet cards represent a tremendous value for do-it-yourself home theatre PC builders by enabling a feature-rich, high definition and high quality home theatre experience when used in conjunction with HD displays. Like all ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 series products, the home theater experience is enriched with features such as AMD’s second generation Unified Video Decoder (UVD 2.0) ensuring smooth HD media playback, and ATI Avivo™ HD technology that delivers sharp, crisp images and vibrant colors for immersive, cinema-quality home entertainment.


Ecosystem support

The ATI Radeon HD 4550 and ATI Radeon HD 4350 graphics cards are supported by a dozen add-in-board companies offering custom designs of the products. Partners include ASUS, Club 3D, Diamond Multimedia, Force3D, GECUBE, GIGABYTE, HIS (Hightech Information Systems), Jetway, MSI, Palit Multimedia, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE Technology and VisionTek.
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ATI Radeon HD 4350 Graphics Card - Features

ATI Radeon HD? 4350 Graphics Technology ? Key Features
  • Upscale Beyond 1080p - Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p1 display resolution and beyond.

  • Unified Video Decoder 2 (UVD 2) - UVD 2 frees up your CPU for other tasks so you get The Ultimate Visual Experience? for the most processing-intensive content.

  • HDMI - Enjoy the latest audio technologies using HDMI with 7.1 digital surround sound support. Also, xvYCC support allows the user to enjoy a wider range of colors when connected to a capable HDTV.

  • Integrated DisplayPort technology with audio - DisplayPort is an innovative digital solution that supports the latest graphics and LCD technologies.

  • 80 Stream Processing Units - Enough power to tackle demanding games and applications.

  • Microsoft DirectX? 10.1 - Play today while preparing for tomorrow with state-of-the-art DirectX 10.1 graphics capabilities.

  • Enhanced Anti-Aliasing (AA) & Anisotropic Filtering (AF) - High performance anisotropic filtering and anti-aliasing (4X AA) smooth jagged edges and create true-to-life graphics, for everything from grass to facial features.

  • ATI CrossFireX? Technology - Dual mode ATI CrossFireX? technology offers superior scalability.

  • PCI Express 2.0 - Support for PCI Express 2.0 will help prepare you for bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications.

  • Consumes less than 20 watts under full load - The ATI Radeon? HD 4350 graphics card consumes less than 20 watts under full load, making it the ideal choice for implementation across a large diverse install base of desktop PCs.

  • Dynamic Power Management - ATI Radeon HD 4350 graphics card features ATI PowerPlay? technology, delivering high performance when needed and conserving power when the demand on the graphics processor is low.

  • Energy Efficient Manufacturing Process - Second generation 55nm chip uses an energy efficient manufacturing process.

  • Stability & Reliability - AMD?s award-winning ATI Catalyst? graphics software and drivers deliver unprecedented graphics stability and reliability.

  • Industry Leading Technical Support - Owners of ATI Radeon? Certified graphics products have free access to a comprehensive online knowledge base and technical support.
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ATI Radeon HD 4550 Graphics Cards - Features

ATI Radeon HD? 4550 Graphics Technology ? Key Features
  • 80 Stream Processing Units - Enough power to tackle demanding games and applications.

  • DDR3 Memory - DDR3 memory provides better performance and more memory bandwidth than DDR2.

  • Microsoft DirectX? 10.1 - Play today while preparing for tomorrow with state-of-the-art DirectX 10.1 graphics capabilities.

  • Enhanced Anti-Aliasing (AA) & Anisotropic Filtering (AF) - High performance anisotropic filtering and anti-aliasing (4X AA) smooth jagged edges and create true-to-life graphics, for everything from grass to facial features.

  • ATI CrossFireX? Technology - Dual mode ATI CrossFireX? technology offers superior scalability.

  • PCI Express 2.0 - Support for PCI Express 2.0 will prepare you for bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications.

  • Upscale Beyond 1080p - Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p1 display resolution and beyond.

  • Unified Video Decoder 2 (UVD 2) - UVD 2 frees up your CPU for other tasks so you get The Ultimate Visual Experience? for the most processing-intensive content. You can also take full advantage of Blu-ray functionality with dual-stream, picture in picture capabilities.

  • Enhanced DVD Upscaling - Watch standard DVD movies in near high-definition quality with DVD upscaling. The GPU uses post processing algorithms to enhance standard and low resolution videos and movies on your HD display.

  • HDMI - Enjoy the latest audio technologies using HDMI with 7.1 digital surround sound support delivering 8-channel audio. Also, xvYCC support allows the user to enjoy a wider range of colors when connected to a capable HDTV.

  • Integrated DisplayPort technology with audio - DisplayPort is an innovative digital solution that supports the latest graphics and LCD technologies.

  • Consumes less than 25 watts under full load - The ATI Radeon? HD 4550 graphics card consumes less than 25 watts under full load, making it the ideal choice for implementation across a large diverse install base of desktop PCs.

  • Dynamic Power Management - ATI Radeon HD 4550 graphics card features ATI PowerPlay? technology, delivering high performance when needed and conserving power when the demand on the graphics processor is low.

  • Energy Efficient Manufacturing Process - Second generation 55nm chip uses the industry?s most energy efficient manufacturing process.

  • Stability & Reliability - AMD?s award-winning ATI Catalyst? graphics software and drivers deliver unprecedented graphics stability and reliability.

  • Industry Leading Technical Support - Owners of ATI Radeon? Certified graphics products have free access to a comprehensive online knowledge base and technical support.
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ATI Radeon HD 4550 and ATI Radeon HD 4350 Graphics Cards - System Requirements

System Requirements

ATI Radeon? HD 4350 System Requirements
  • PCI Express? based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard

  • 300 Watt or greater power supply (350 Watt for ATI CrossFireX? technology in dual mode) is recommended

  • Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to AMD for a list of Certified products

  • 1GB of system memory recommended

  • Installation software requires CD-ROM drive

  • DVD playback requires DVD drive

  • Blu-ray? playback requires Blu-ray drive and full 1080p display requires a 1080p-capable monitor

  • For Microsoft DirectX? 10.1 support, Windows Vista? Service Pack 1 is required

  • To enable dual mode ATI CrossFireX? technology, a second ATI Radeon? HD 4350 Series graphics card, and an ATI CrossFireX Ready motherboard are required


ATI Radeon? HD 4550 System Requirements
  • PCI Express? based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard

  • 300 Watt or greater power supply (350 Watt for ATI CrossFireX? technology in dual mode) is recommended

  • Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to AMD for a list of Certified products

  • 1GB of system memory recommended

  • Installation software requires CD-ROM drive

  • Blu-ray? playback requires Blu-ray drive and full 1080p display requires a 1080p-capable monitor

  • For Microsoft DirectX? 10.1 support, Windows Vista? Service Pack 1 is required

  • To enable dual mode ATI CrossFireX? technology, a second ATI Radeon? HD 4550 Series graphics card, and an ATI CrossFireX Ready motherboard are required
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These look good and the HDMI is very welcome. If their price is right I'm thinking about grabbing one.

What do you think the best performance acheiving card would be for games like Overlord or COD4 (on low settings) @1366x768?
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