Sapphire Radeon HD4550 Videocard
BIOSLEVEL.com recently looked at Sapphire's Radeon HD4650 videocard, one of the latest mid-range offerings based on AMD's ATI brand of GPUs. We were impressed by the features and performance of the card, especially at it's very moderating pricing.
The folks at Sapphire were kind enough to send their Radeon HD4550 card at the same time, which will be on the table today. The Radeon HD4550 features 512MB of DDR3 memory, a 600MHz core clock, and 80 stream processors. It's not quite as beefy as the Radeon HD4650, but it can be found for an average of $30 less.
The Radeon HD4550 shipped to us in a box roughly half the size of that of their high-end cards we've seen in the past. The card's title is printed nice and large, and a cute female with a rather large sword takes up the rest of the box's front side. Along with this are the various certifications, as well as Sapphire's improvements such as PCI-Express 2.0 and 512MB of DDR3.
The back of the box lists several more features and awards, as well as the fact that the cards plays nicely with Vista.
Inside, I found the card packed in nice and securely in a cardboard box. Also inside were a driver CD, component cable, HDMI dongle, and a VGA dongle.
The card itself came wrapped up in the typical anti-static wrap. It's a small card, and has brackets that fit both low-profile and full-profile systems.
For a mid-range card, I can't help but call the card sexy. The first thing that stuck out to me was the heatsink and fan, as this isn't something I'm used to seeing on anything but high-end cards. Alas, even today's mid-range GPUs require active cooling.
The Radeon HD4550 doesn't features any DisplayPort connections, but rather a single DVI port and a lone VGA port. People still use VGA connections?!
The back of the card doesn't necessarily reveal anything special.
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