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Sapphire HD 4550 512MB Review

ajmatson    -   January 13, 2009
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So you ask yourself how will this card perform in my HTPC. Lets just say you will not be let down. ATI includes in their cards now, two technologies designed to make your media vieweing experience the best it can be. The first is ATI AVIVO Technology, which allows for smooth playback with vibrant colors of your video media so that you have the best viewing that is possible. When coupled with the second part the Unified Video Encoder 2, you have seemless playback and quality for all of your BluRay and HD videos. With these new technologies now integrated into the video card it is off-loaded from the CPU leaving it to take care of the system instead of decoding the video. Below I took a screenshot of an HD video clip of "Traitor" showing the CPU usage during playback. Notice it is only 2% which shows that the GPU is doing all of the work.










  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  4. Closer Look (Catalyst Control Center)
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Crysis
  8. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  9. Testing: BioShock
  10. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  11. Testing: World In Conflict
  12. Testing: Call of Juarez
  13. Testing: Company of Heroes - Opposing Fronts
  14. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  15. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  16. Extras
  17. Conclusion
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