HIS Radeon HD 5550 1GB GDDR3 Review

Synthetic Benchmarks

Synthetic Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven Benchmark

Recently Unigine produced the fantastic Heaven Benchmark. Based around a ficticious floating village the benchmark makes full use of the Direct X 11 API, most notably with the implementation of Hardware Tesselation. However with graphics cards of this calibre, we have the settings turned all the way down with many of these features (except DX11) disabled.

Err what's going on here? From the word go, it would seem that the HD 5550 is struggling to keep up with the HD 5670. To put these results into context, the HD 5550's average framerate is just 2fps more than the HD 5670's minimum and on average, the bigger brother is 69% faster. Is Unigine's Heaven benchmark just a blip in the charts? Let's continue

3DMark06

Futuremark's 3DMark06 is a means of testing a system's capability as a gaming machine.

Sadly the significant performance difference remains obvious in Futuremark's 3DMark06 suite, where the HD 5670 leads by 4000 marks overall.

3DMark Vantage

3DMark Vantage is Futuremarks flagship gaming oriented benchmark at present and is considered to be a demanding one at that. Our tests were carried out under the "Performance" prefix.

Our series of synthetic benchmarks ends on a fairly disappointing note. It would seem that the castration carried out on the HD 5550 core had more of an effect on performance than we initially believed. We all know that synthetic benchmarks sometimes exaggerate the true difference between graphcis cards, so let's see how the pair of cards perform in games.

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Most Recent Comments

06-07-2010, 05:40:00

tinytomlogan
HIS are back with a silent and affordable HTPC solution.

Continue Reading

06-07-2010, 06:16:31

F-alienware
Where is HER Radeon?

Sorry, been waiting ages to drop that one

06-07-2010, 14:20:27

AMDFTW
would this playback full bluray 24p flawless

06-07-2010, 15:05:44

F-alienware
I would strongly imagine so AMD.

EDIT. Reason is most onboard tripe has a HDMI out now and that usually means BR playback is a given. A friend of mine got a card similar to this recently (4 series) for about 35. He said it was fine with BR.

06-07-2010, 15:24:11

AMDFTW
yer my MB has A HDMI out but a 8400 onboard and i dont think that would be uptomuch

06-07-2010, 15:39:34

F-alienware
My Crosshair has the same GPU.... Don't even go there dude

Haha ! I ran Batman and benched it with just my 280.. Then I enabled the 8400 and set it to do Physx. I scored about 10 times lower

06-07-2010, 16:59:19

alexhull24
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Originally Posted by name='AMDFTW'
would this playback full bluray 24p flawless
My Radeon 4350 that cost 20 will do that, though it struggles in any 3D really, as expected. I'm struggling to see really what benefits such an expensive HTPC card (at 65 in comparison) would have over my cheap-ass one for pure HTPC uses. The 5xxx series has slightly improved audio over HDMI if I remember correctly, but not a lot to add. The extra power would be wasted in my setup.

06-07-2010, 17:16:35

F-alienware
It's a 5 series and thus supports DX11. Even though you probably couldn't even use it it's still there. And the thing is in the bargain bin dept ATI are really kicking shades out of Nvidia. There's literally no competition.

06-07-2010, 18:49:15

Mul.
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='alexhull24'
My Radeon 4350 that cost 20 will do that, though it struggles in any 3D really, as expected. I'm struggling to see really what benefits such an expensive HTPC card (at 65 in comparison) would have over my cheap-ass one for pure HTPC uses. The 5xxx series has slightly improved audio over HDMI if I remember correctly, but not a lot to add. The extra power would be wasted in my setup.
From my understanding, even the HD 4xxx lineup offers 7.1 channel sound over HDMI.

For pure media playback purposes, no the HD 5550's extra grunt will not be noticeable over the HD 5450 or infact it's predecessors. However, this is a product that offers a level of gaming ability at the same time and let's not forget the growing number of GPU Accelerated applications for media encoding.

06-07-2010, 19:34:18

silenthill
This card is ideal for playing tomb raider 3 and watching BR without making too much noise or sucking too much power.

08-07-2010, 10:52:34

fadingfool
I have the Sapphire version of this card (though regret not waiting a month for the GDDR5 version) and I'm very happy with it. As I only have a 1650x1080 monitor it easily copes with full detail for L4D, L4D2, MW2 and Resident Evil 5. Though this is without AA. It is a much better card than the 4550 it replaced (which inturn was a significant improvement on the HD 3450 that came with the machine - Dell 540s if anyone is interested).
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