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Sapphire HD 4550 512MB Review

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To put the Sapphire HD 4550 to the test I will be running a series of benchmarks designed to stress and push the card to its limits testing how far it can go. I will then be putting the scores up against other cards from a low range to a high range to show you exactly where it sits. All hardware will be run at their stock speeds, timings, and voltages so that there are no interferences that might effect the outcome of the scores.



Comparison Video Cards:



Overclocked Settings:

  • Sapphire HD 4550 650/850MHz

Overclocking the Sapphire HD 4550 has been a test in itself. I opened up the Catalyst Control Center and noticed the speeds were capped at 650 for the GPU and 850 for the memory. I thought that can't be all so I started to use ATI Tool and RivaTuner to try to get past that barrier. Boy was that a mistake. Anything above those caps resulted in the screen either losing video all together or multi-colored artifacts that flood the screen. I was not expecting that at all. I went back to the CCC and maxed out the speeds for each and it passed just fine. Since I could not break the barrier the overclocked numbers will be run at 650MHz on the GPU and 850MHz on the memory





  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Call of Juarez
  7. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage

  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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