HIS Radeon HD 5550 1GB GDDR3 Review

Games

DiRT2

DiRT2 is a very recent race driving game, known for it's Direct X 11 support. Let's crank up the settings and give it a whirl...

For most of the part DiRT2 was playable on the HD 5550; even at a resolution of 1920x1200. The performance is adequate but it's hard to ignore that the HD 5670 beats it by huge margins.

Call of Duty - Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 is among the most popular games available at present. With plenty of explosions and densely (polygon) populated maps, it should prove to be an interesting test for our setup.

The beatings continue in Modern Warfare 2, however once again the gaming experience was playable. With the exception of the drop to 9fps during a hefty explosion, the framerates remain in the 30's offering reasonably fluid game play.

Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead is a very popular hit and should be an interesting choice to take our testbed for a spin. Let's see how well it performs.

L4D is an older hit than DiRT2 and MW2 but still, the HD 5550 continues to struggle.

Microsoft Flight Simulator X

Flight Simulator X remains to be a terribly demanding game for it's age. Known for being very demanding on the CPU but also requiring a level of GPU power in the process, we thought it'd be interesting to see how it faired.

The two graphics cards remain very much on par with each other here, most likely due to a CPU bottleneck. Let's wrap this one up.

 

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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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