Gigabyte Radeon HD 4550 512MB Graphics Card HDMI/VGA/DVI-I (£29.28 @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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I know that this isn't the world's most powerful graphics card, but if like me you've only got a weedy 350W PSU in your PC then this is a pretty good card as it doesn't need any extra power connectors and it is fanless so it would also be handy for media centre PC. Particularily as it has a HDMI output as well as the usual VGA and DVI-I outputs. Also it can be overclocked and comes with software that will allow you to do it safely as well.

I bought one myself and fitted it to a PC with a Intel Core2 Duo E7400 @ 2.80GHz, 2GB Memory, Windows XP and it runs PC games pretty well. In fact it will even run Crysis at the Medium settings, although admittedly I'm only using it on a 15" monitor at 1024x768!

http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/VGA/Products_Spec.aspx?ClassValue=VGA&ProductID=2925&ProductName=GV-R455D3-512I
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#1
http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/FileList/Image/vga_productimage_gv-r455d3-512i_big.jpg
#2
Great for a HTPC.. Heat added!
#3
Reckon this is better than a Nvidia 9600GTS?
#4
VERY good price!! heat added
#5
Heat and rep. Just what I've been after for under £30 too.
#6
have a look here - i always find it useful

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net
#7
Toybhoy
Reckon this is better than a Nvidia 9600GTS?


You will be better of with a 9600GTS check the link it will say what graphics cards beats what

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,2464-8.html
#8
Toybhoy
Reckon this is better than a Nvidia 9600GTS?


God no, but a 9600 GTS would need a decent PSU to work properly. Here's a handy table for comparing graphics cards

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu_list.php
#9
Of course the Nvidia 9600GTS is better, it costs a lot more money so is not a comparable equivalent!

Hot from me, it's a good card for under £30.
#10
decent price, but it's not far off or significantly cheaper than other 4550s. still hot seeing it's below 30 and a half decent card.
#11
Its under £30 in a lot of places, not a bad deal but not exactly a bargain.
#12
good deal Monty - have some h and r :)
#13
Looks like a good value card,

Have you tried it with ubuntu 9.10 64bit?
#14
montyburns56
God no, but a 9600 GTS would need a decent PSU to work properly. He's a handy table for comparing graphics cards

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu_list.php


Err NO

Sparkle do a 9600 that only needs 250 Watts
#15
It's been this price on Amazon for months as I bought one!

One thing I would stress is if you're using it for a machine that is connected to a Samsung TV via VGA then get an Nvidia chipset card as this card and from what I have read all Radeons will not output anywhere near 1080p - supposedly it's a driver problem but AMD (owners of Radeon chipset) have not done anything to fix it thus far!

I ended up buying a Nvidia chipset card from ebay for the same money which worked great over VGA.

It's important to say that although this card will work over HDMI to Samsung TV's that it's quite rare to have 1:1 Pixel mapping (overscan blah blah) over HDMI so small text will not look as good as over VGA and also for me the colours were very washed out via HDMI.
#16
Does anyone know if two monitors can be plugged into this video card?
#17
will this be much better than my radeon x1650pro with 256mb ddr3?
1 Like #18
ramtec
will this be much better than my radeon x1650pro with 256mb ddr3?


They are about the same to each other you wont see any difference really, if anything your card would be a very tiny bit better
#19
Abbadon
Its under £30 in a lot of places, not a bad deal but not exactly a bargain.


I know that it's only slightly more expensive at Ebuyer (including P&P), but if you have to deal with their "customer services" then it won't seem such a bargain, but most places sell it for £35-40 when you include their delivery charges
#20
I take it this would have no problem playing back 1080p from blu ray? My existing card doesn't seem capable of doing that so considering this as a replacement.
#21
mrfun1981
They are about the same to each other you wont see any difference really, if anything your card would be a very tiny bit better


thanks, rep left. I guess it boils down to the connections then. I currently have duel dvi outputs. But I think the card causes the system to go funny on boot up requiring serveral reboots before the screen displays properly which is a right royal! I like the sound of this one which is fanless too.
#22
v6dlc
Err NO

Sparkle do a 9600 that only needs 250 Watts


I'm not an expert on graphics card, but according to this review of it " Any 450 Watt PSU and above will suffice"

http://www.hardwareguru.com/article/sparkle-geforce-9600-gt-passive-review/4
#23
would this do a dell with integrated graphics just now whizz kids??? it's a 5150 i have i think
#24
Thanks - just what I was looking for. Don't do any gaming, and the noise from my old card's fan has been doing my head in over Xmas. You wouldn't believe how hard it is (for a non-expert) to figure out which cards are fanless, therefore which one to go shopping for.
#25
brj080402
would this do a dell with integrated graphics just now whizz kids??? it's a 5150 i have i think


Yes it will, it will fit any PC that has a PCI-E connector.
#26
I have the Asus 4550 from ebuyer and its perfect for htpc 1080p is no problem so I would think that the gigabyte would be the same, even plays some of the older 3d titles at a fair rate quake 3 etc and yes it does support 2 monitors.

Regards
#27
Thanks OP. Gone for one as a spare :thumbsup:
#28
Will it work on low profile desktop?
#29
Broadsword
I take it this would have no problem playing back 1080p from blu ray? My existing card doesn't seem capable of doing that so considering this as a replacement.


Probably a codec problem. Try media player classic or Zoomplayer.
#30
ideal card for a HTPC, dead easy to use the accelerated (DVXA) video using media player home cinema player, and with the HDMI audio pass through another great feature.
#31
live2giveuk
ideal card for a HTPC, dead easy to use the accelerated (DVXA) video using media player home cinema player, and with the HDMI audio pass through another great feature.


Be careful using one of these in a HTPC as these cards get really hot!!!!!!!! :w00t::w00t::w00t:
#32
not bad price for low end market but i looking to buy ati 5970 HD5850 or
Ati HD 5770 from my old 8800gt
#33
eilz
Will it work on low profile desktop?


Afraid not, you want something like this...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-RADEON-HD-4550-Interface/dp/B001SJLLTQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1262607378&sr=1-2
#34
hoggypotter
Probably a codec problem. Try media player classic or Zoomplayer.


Thanks, will look at those but I already have the cccp codec pack and use vlc, it does play 1080p files, but stutters badly which leads me to think its the graphics card. Its a 1.8MHz Core2Duo or dual core, can't remember which but that would be fine. I have a Dell 530 with I think a ATi 1300 card.
#35
Use coreavc Broadsword, it's much better for decoding h264 than the codec built into VLC or ffdshow.
#36
Not suitable for the latest games, but for slightly older software, for general use, or for use as a HTPC it would be ideal. Passive cooling also an advantage in keeping the noise down to a minimum.

heat added
#37
I used to be a massive fan of ATI. But having installed windows 7 and an ati 4670 for use as a htpc (after getting rid of sky), it has one serious flaw.
BBC HD will not play back in windows media center correctly, with picture breakup. ITV hd works after a bit of faffing though. ATI have been aware of the issue for a few months, but yet to do anything about it. A shame, as the 4000 series are great cards, just ATI returning to the old ways of shoddy drivers.

Still, heat added as it is a good price.
banned#38
montyburns56
I know that it's only slightly more expensive at Ebuyer (including P&P), but if you have to deal with their "customer services" then it won't seem such a bargain, but most places sell it for £35-40 when you include their delivery charges


erm ebuyer is excellent IMO.
#39
I used to be a massive fan of ATI. But having installed windows 7 and an ati 4670 for use as a htpc (after getting rid of sky), it has one serious flaw.
BBC HD will not play back in windows media center correctly, with picture breakup. ITV hd works after a bit of faffing though. ATI have been aware of the issue for a few months, but yet to do anything about it. A shame, as the 4000 series are great cards, just ATI returning to the old ways of shoddy drivers.
Was going to say the exact same thing, I have a 3450(I think)that would play my HD-DVD's with a AMD 3000+ with no problem, But upgraded my HTPC, Got Win7 and a sat card and then got on the roof and changed my LNB cause I thought it was that, Only to find it's the blooming Drivers, So you may not have a Sat card now but you never know, So if this is for a HTPC don't bother, Just get an Nvidia which don't seem to have the same trouble.
#40
Thanks for the great advice. Sounds like just what I need to breathe new life into my ageing PC - Athlon 2Ghz; A8N M/b; PCI-E; 350W PSU; Radeon X600 (128Mb). Lovin the big bang for the bucks!

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