Today brings further inflation to the HD 4000 series Radeon cards from AMD with a couple of new "HD 4550" and "HD 4350" entry-level models.
Based on the same GPU architecture as their bigger 4800 series brothers, the cards come well equipped for entry-level offerings with support for DX10.1, DisplayPort, AVIVO with UVD2 and more.
The newly released HD 4670 which came out last week held much promise with its MSRP pricing of just $79USD and it certainly did deliver; even when we paired two up in Crossfire it kept some common sense in play.
Now that these even more budget oriented cards are tacked onto the bottom of the lineup, price vs performance should be interesting with the HD 4550 coming in between $45 and $55 and the little 4350 naturally even cheaper again.
AMD continues their procession of new ATI Radeons today, with a couple of new entry-level offerings targeted at users who would like to upgrade from underpowered IGPs. Like the Radeon HD 4670 that came before it, the new Radeon HD 4550 and HD 4350 being rolled out today are based on the same GPU architecture first introduced with the popular Radeon HD 4800 series. The Radeon HD 4550 and HD 4350 both offer support for DirectX 10.1, DisplayPort, AVIVO with the UVD 2 engine, and CrossFire, although they do not have CrossFire bridge connectors like AMD's higher-end offerings. As such, these new entry-level cards sport virtually all of the same features as their more expensive, and more powerful, counterparts--they just don't perform on the same level.