ATi HD4650 ddr3 OR HD5550 ddr3, for Gaming???

December 7, 2010 at 17:34:22
Specs: Windows Vista Business sp2, Intel Celeron E1400, 2x 512mb 800mhz (dual channel)
ehey, which is better for Gaming, 1GB ATi HD4650 ddr3 or 1GB ATi HD5550 ddr3.?? also how important are, Texture addressing units for gaming??

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#1
December 7, 2010 at 19:54:00
Here's a comparison of the HD 4650 w/512MB DDR2 vs HD 5550 w/512MB DDR2. It should be fairly comparable to the same cards running 1GB DDR3.

http://www.hwcompare.com/graphics/c...

I grabbed the following from wikipedia: pic 1 = 3D model without textures, pic 2 = 3D model with textures

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...


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#2
December 7, 2010 at 20:01:35
Hd 5550 isn't a gaming card and hd 4650 is weak. Are u looking for v-cards that use low power or the budget is tight? Try nvidia geforce 240gt with gddr5 or radeon hd 5670. If they are too expensive try hd 4650 with gddr3.

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#3
December 7, 2010 at 20:57:23
Ok thanks that helps.
What about a Sapphire HD 5570 ddr3 then, is that better for gaming??.
budget & low power consumption is what i need. i can do £50-60.
ill play games on med settings..

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#4
December 7, 2010 at 21:14:20
Also i should add that, i've had the, Asus EAH4650 1gb ddr2 and Palit 9500gt 1gb ddr2 cards before and i thought they were a bit slow, so im looking for something faster than them..

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#5
December 7, 2010 at 21:41:02
U won't notice a big difference between hd 4670 & 9500gt & hd 5570/5550. U can overclock those cards u have and achieve the same perfomance as hd 4670 gddr3, there's member here(toxict51) who overclocked his 9500gt and run crysis with high settings and got 30fps. I still recommend hd 5670 or nvidia 240gt gddr5(they use low power).

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let him who desires piece prepare for war - PROPHET.


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#6
December 8, 2010 at 05:38:19
Looks like you keep buying cards that are all in the same performance/price range. If you already have a Radeon HD 4650 w/DDR2, there's no point replacing it with another with DDR3. The HD 5550 drops somewhere between the 9500GT & the HD 4650 & although it is more modern in terms of DX, OpenGL & shader support, it shouldn't be considered.

Have a look at the following table & make sure to pay attention to what's written at the top, especially this: "I don’t recommend upgrading your graphics card unless the replacement card is at least three tiers higher. Otherwise, the upgrade is somewhat parallel and you may not notice a worthwhile difference in performance."

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

If you can afford it, get a card with GDDR5 memory.


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#7
December 9, 2010 at 07:43:37
Thanks for all you're help, i've went and ordered,

"SAPPHIRE Radeon HD5570 512MB GDDR5 card (£55)"

Will this be good enuf for gaming on a budget??
and does anyone know how much power it consumes under full load??

jb.


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#8
December 9, 2010 at 12:15:33
"Will this be good enuf for gaming on a budget??"

Yes, good choice. 1GB probably would have been better but I doubt you'll notice the difference. What's nice about the 5570 is that it uses the exact same Redwood GPU as the 5670, only it's underclocked - probably 650MHz vs 775MHz. If you're into overclocking, you should be able to crank the core clock up quite a bit.


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#9
December 9, 2010 at 14:09:24
That all sounds very Nice, i cant wait.. yeah i kinda jumpd in and bought 512 when shood hav bn 1gb but hey. i was gona buy the 5550 512mb ddr3 first anyway.

One last question: should i download, DirectX-11 for Vista, to run with the Card??


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#10
December 9, 2010 at 14:35:21
"should i download, DirectX-11 for Vista"

Yes. And you don't have to wait for the card.

http://www.microsoft.com/games/en-g...


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