Test System Setup
Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3GHz (333MHz x 9)
Cooling: Corsair Nautilus500 (Supplied by Corsair) with Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound (Supplied by Arctic Cooling)
Motherboard(s): GIGABYTE X48-DQ6 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)
Memory: 2 X 1GB Kingston PC6400 DDR-2 3-3-3-10 (KHX6400D2ULK2/2G) (Supplied by Kingston)
Hard Disk(s): Seagate 250GB 7200RPM SATA-2 7200.10 (Supplied by Seagate)
Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Vista SP1
Drivers: NVIDIA ForceWare 177.79 and Catalyst 8.9
With the new HD 4550 in hand we thought we would check it out against some of the cards that surround it. We will see exactly how the card performs against NVIDIAs budget 9500 GT and against the more expensive HD 4670 from Sapphire.
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Straight away we can see that the HD 4550 isn't much of a performer compared to the 9500 GT. We can also see it sits a fair way back when compared to the HD 4670, but that is to be expected.