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LOW PROFILE Asus Radeon HD 4550 512MB GDDR3 Dual DVI/HDMI 3yr warranty @ Novatech - £41.38 inc del!
LOW PROFILE Asus Radeon HD 4550 512MB GDDR3 Dual DVI/HDMI 3yr warranty @ Novatech - £41.38 inc del!

LOW PROFILE Asus Radeon HD 4550 512MB GDDR3 Dual DVI/HDMI 3yr warranty @ Novatech - £41.38 inc del!

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THIS CARD IS LOW PROFILE, LOW PROFILE, LOW PROFILE.
Seriously, how many times do I have to say it. I don't care how much better other models are, if they aren't low profile they are useless for a SFF machine.

OK, let me start out straight away by saying this is NOT a card for hardcore gamers. Although it will handle most games at reasonable details settings and resolutions.

This card also has a low profile bracket, so can be installed into small form factor PC's, unlike most cards these days.

This card is, however, the perfect choice for a HTPC that you might also want to game on a little, without having to spend a fortune.
Along with the 4770, this is one of the best value for money cards around, especially if you're on a tight budget.

Also comes with a rather nice 3 year warranty.

If you can collect from their showroom it's £39.09
Don't worry about the stock levels, Novatech always get stock in quite quickly if they run out.


The bits and pieces -
Overview
With all the latest features, the ATI Radeon? HD 4550 graphics cards deliver an incredible visual experience with best in class performance. Enjoy unprecedented levels of graphics realism and play the latest games with support for Microsoft DirectX® 10.1. Add this graphics card to your PC and watch Blu-ray movies and HD content play with incredible visual fidelity1, and view digital photos with over 1 billion colors2. Do it all with break-through efficiency that doesn?t compromise performance.
Features
- Powered by Radeon® HD 4550 GPU @ 600MHz
- 512MB GDDR3 Memory @ 1600MHz
- 64-Bit Memory Interface
- 80 stream processing units
- DirectX® 10.1
- Dual mode ATI CrossFireX? multi-GPU support for highly scalable performance
- PCI Express® 2.0 support
- Native HDMI on board
- Japan-made Solid Polymer Aluminum Capacitors greatly extends lifespan
- EMI Shield to reduce EMI interference

25 Comments

Original Poster

https://images.novatech.co.uk/ev-asu-45501.jpg



Also, you can get a HD 4550 for a fraction under £40 from ebuyer, but no 3 year warranty.

£34.95 at scan if you use the free delivery workaround - think it's if you're a member of avforums or something.

scan.co.uk/Pro…DCP

Original Poster

paddy.stone;5366100

£34.95 at scan if you use the free delivery workaround - think it's if … £34.95 at scan if you use the free delivery workaround - think it's if you're a member of avforums or something.http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/512MB-Asus-HD4550-PCI-E-20(x16)-1600MHz-GDDR3-GPU-600MHz-80-Cores-D-Sub-DVI-I-HDMI-HDCP



Actually, according to avforums, free delivery is applied only to orders of £50 excluding VAT.
I just tried this myself as I have enough posts on avforums, but don't get the free delivery on this.

EDIT: I just added 3 of them to my basket, but still no free delivery. Maybe they don't delivery for free at all now?

jukkie;5366435

Actually, according to avforums, free delivery is applied only to orders … Actually, according to avforums, free delivery is applied only to orders of £50 excluding VAT.I just tried this myself as I have enough posts on avforums, but don't get the free delivery on this.



Ahh I see, my bad... only worth it if you're ordering something else off them too then :oops:

Original Poster

paddy.stone;5366521

Ahh I see, my bad... only worth it if you're ordering something else off … Ahh I see, my bad... only worth it if you're ordering something else off them too then :oops:



I don't know, it's a bit odd to be honest. I know I used to get the free delivery from when I ordered some DVD players. But no matter what I put in the basket I still have to pay delivery now.

You can get a 4350 for £30 from novatech if you're not interested in processing power, and if you are then the 4650 DDR3 is ]twice as powerful for a few pounds more (ebuyer have it at £50 delivered, ILGS have it for £43 but I don't know what their delivery costs are like).

Does the 4550 have any benefit over the 4350 for media centre use?

Original Poster

EndlessWaves;5366572

You can get a 4350 for £30 from novatech if you're not interested in … You can get a 4350 for £30 from novatech if you're not interested in processing power, and if you are then the 4650 DDR3 is ]twice as powerful for a few pounds more (ebuyer have it at £50 delivered, ILGS have it for £43 but I don't know what their delivery costs are like).Does the 4550 have any benefit over the 4350 for media centre use?


Actually I forgot to mention one of the benefits of the 4550.
It's low profile, so can be installed in small form factor PC's (which a lot of people, like myself, have as their HTPC).

The card I posted also comes with a 3 year warranty, and has native HDMI.
The 4550 has faster memory than the 4350 AND the 4650 (they have DDR2, while the 4550 has DDR3), and generally a better all rounder than the 4350.

And the 4650 at ebuyer is nearly 25% more expensive.

There's no point in comparing this to other higher or lower spec cards (unless the higher spec ones really are only a couple of pounds diference), obviously the more you pay the better it is.

It's like if someone posted a deal for a Ford Focus. I wouldn't bother saying "if you spent more you could get an Audi TT", or "If you spent less you could get a Fiat *insert cheap crappy car model here*". There's no point in stating the obvious.

Feel free to let me know if you find this card cheaper elsewhere, other than that any comparisons are pointless and not worth posting.

jukkie;5366629

Actually I forgot to mention one of the benefits of the 4550.It's low … Actually I forgot to mention one of the benefits of the 4550.It's low profile, so can be installed in small form factor PC's (which a lot of people, like myself, have as their HTPC).The card I posted also comes with a 3 year warranty, and has native HDMI.The 4550 has faster memory than the 4350 AND the 4650 (they have DDR2, while the 4550 has DDR3), and generally a better all rounder than the 4350.



The ]Novatech 4350 is also low profile and comes with 'built-in' HDMI, in fact it comes with two digital outputs instead of the single one on this. It does 'only' have a two year warranty but it has the advantage that the 4550 is 33% more expensive.

Although I haven't looked at any benchmarks I'd imagine the 4350 uses up less power and gives off less heat as well, in fact completely silent versions without a fan are availible for a couple of pounds more, still well beneath the price of this.

Plus the 4350 DDR2 isn't that much slower: anandtech.com/vid…p=5 - you probably won't notice much difference between the two in practical use given your low requirements if this is suitible in the first place.

jukkie;5366629

And the 4650 at ebuyer is nearly 25% more expensive.



Yes, but 100% faster. This is poor value for money performance-wise.

It is also the GDDR3 version: ebuyer.com/pro…214

If you want a faster card at the same price then there is the Nvidia 9500GT.

This card does appear to be the fastest low-profile card for under £40 but when the 4350 is better for media center use £10 less and the speed increase is too little for gaming I'm struggling to see who this is going to be a good deal for.

jukkie;5366435

Actually, according to avforums, free delivery is applied only to orders … Actually, according to avforums, free delivery is applied only to orders of £50 excluding VAT.I just tried this myself as I have enough posts on avforums, but don't get the free delivery on this.EDIT: I just added 3 of them to my basket, but still no free delivery. Maybe they don't delivery for free at all now?


Free delivery works for me with this item. You have to go to the checkout and login before postage becomes free and the limit is £20 before VAT - AvForums. So this deal is cold for me.

Original Poster

Agharta;5367205

Free delivery works for me with this item. You have to go to the checkout … Free delivery works for me with this item. You have to go to the checkout and login before postage becomes free and the limit is £20 before VAT - AvForums. So this deal is cold for me.


I'm so confused by them. I know how to order with the free delivery, I've done it before (I even checked my previous order history to make sure it's the same account, and it is). It just doesn't work for me now...

EndlessWaves;5366572

You can get a 4350 for £30 from novatech if you're not interested in … You can get a 4350 for £30 from novatech if you're not interested in processing power, and if you are then the 4650 DDR3 is ]twice as powerful for a few pounds more (ebuyer have it at £50 delivered, ILGS have it for £43 but I don't know what their delivery costs are like).Does the 4550 have any benefit over the 4350 for media centre use?




A 4650 DDR3 is a lot more than twice as powerful, . 80 stream processors vs. 320 and a (useless) 64 bit bus vs. 128 bit bus. This card is honestly a terrible buy, in no way suitable for gaming and as such horribly overpriced. If all you want is a HTPC card then you can spend a lot less than this and achieve the same goal.

Freezing cold. Heck, its not even a good deal for this individual card considering you can get it elsewehere for £35 delivered.

Original Poster

brain_stew;5368021

A 4650 DDR3 is a lot more than twice as powerful, . 80 stream processors … A 4650 DDR3 is a lot more than twice as powerful, . 80 stream processors vs. 320 and a (useless) 64 bit bus vs. 128 bit bus. This card is honestly a terrible buy, in no way suitable for gaming and as such horribly overpriced. If all you want is a HTPC card then you can spend a lot less than this and achieve the same goal.Freezing cold. Heck, its not even a good deal for this individual card considering you can get it elsewehere for £35 delivered.


Find a better LOW PROFILE card or be quiet, please.
You can spend all day telling me how much better this or that card is, but they wont fit in a small form factor PC, which was the reason I posted this deal.

jukkie;5368544

Find a better LOW PROFILE card or be quiet, please.


This card on Scan! :w00t:

Original Poster

Agharta;5368824

This card on Scan! :w00t:


I said the better CARD, come on ffs, read... I've already admitted to the scan deal as being better.
I'm aiming the comment at people who keep telling me how great the 4650 is...

jukkie;5368544

Find a better LOW PROFILE card or be quiet, please.You can spend all day … Find a better LOW PROFILE card or be quiet, please.You can spend all day telling me how much better this or that card is, but they wont fit in a small form factor PC, which was the reason I posted this deal.



The point is that any piece of crap card is going to give equally terrible results. Pointless spending more money when you're getting nothing tangible back for your money. Might as well save your cash and get this:

novatech.co.uk/nov…SLP

Same sort of performance bracket and modern games are going to be unplayable on both. Heck, there's low profile 9600gt cards on the market, they actually make modern games playable.

Heck, this is cheaper:

ebuyer.com/pro…335

Its just a terrible buy is the top and bottom of it. Either buy a card that can actually play modern games, or just buy the cheapest low profile card with a modern featureset. The compromise is just a waste of money.

There's a whole host of low profile cards that can actually play modern games here for example:

c-ram.co.uk/pro…tml

or here:

comwales.com/esh…194


Either way, the fact that you posted a deal that is available for a whole £5 cheaper at a competitor is reason enough to vote this cold.

Great for a media centre pc but looks like it would make a hell of a lot of noise!

jukkie;5368940

I said the better CARD, come on ffs, read... I've already admitted to the … I said the better CARD, come on ffs, read... I've already admitted to the scan deal as being better.I'm aiming the comment at people who keep telling me how great the 4650 is...


Sorry, my baaad. It's good to have some low profile options. :thumbsup:

Am looking for a low profile card to replace my now faulty 8400gs thought this looked good value for the money but dont know if this one is better.8400gs ran cod5 ok for me , the 9600 looks good but too pricey for me.

Original Poster

brain_stew;5369429

The point is that any piece of crap card is going to give equally … The point is that any piece of crap card is going to give equally terrible results. Pointless spending more money when you're getting nothing tangible back for your money. Might as well save your cash and get this:http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?NOV-84GSLPSame sort of performance bracket and modern games are going to be unplayable on both. Heck, there's low profile 9600gt cards on the market, they actually make modern games playable.Heck, this is cheaper:http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161335Its just a terrible buy is the top and bottom of it. Either buy a card that can actually play modern games, or just buy the cheapest low profile card with a modern featureset. The compromise is just a waste of money.There's a whole host of low profile cards that can actually play modern games here for example:http://c-ram.co.uk/products/galaxynvidiapci-egraphiccards.htmlor here:http://www.comwales.com/eshop/product.php?productid=85194Either way, the fact that you posted a deal that is available for a whole £5 cheaper at a competitor is reason enough to vote this cold.



All of the cards you posted were slower (apart from the 9600 which was 50% more expensive), with older chipsets, not so good for multimedia capabilites, didn't have NATIVE HDMI (apart from the 9400GT, which is still a slower card)... basically none of them are a BETTER DEAL as the card I've posted (the only person who actually made a relevant post was the guy who said scan do this card cheaper if you can get the free delivery).

So we're back to the same old "this not so good card is cheaper" or "buy this better card that costs more money".
You are indeed a master of pointing out the obvious.

This is a card for the in-betweeners. People who might play a few games, but are unlikey to head for the biguns like Crysis etc, and who also want very good multimedia options.

Seriously, you can't say "either buy the cheapest crappiest or buy the best and most expensive". People need options, and although scan do this card for a bit less, it's still a card that a LOT of people will find worth buying.
If you don't want to take my word for it, go read a few reviews on this card. Most of them are pretty positive.



lugsy3;5372960

Am looking for a low profile card to replace my now faulty 8400gs thought … Am looking for a low profile card to replace my now faulty 8400gs thought this looked good value for the money but dont know if this one is better.8400gs ran cod5 ok for me , the 9600 looks good but too pricey for me.


If you don't want to spend the extra for a 9600 I'd say go for this card (if you can get the free delivery from scan it's cheaper there).
I've installed 2 in media centre PC's, and a friend of mine also has one. Pretty happy with them so far, but I really only use them for multimedia as I have another PC for gaming.

Jukkie, how noisy is this card in your media PC, I want to get one but the fan is putting me off!

yellos

I was looking at these very same cards last night to convert a Dell pc to an HTPC.

Again, how is the noise level with the fan?

Secondly...re the Scan deal...I did see it listed there and I'm able to get the free delivery.....BUT the scan website doesnt actually list it as being low profile. The card looks low profile etc, but no mention of getting the smaller bracket in the pack

cheapest I can find it elsewhere confirming it IS low profile is about £37 delivered

also to add.... if you go here

uk.asus.com/pro…814

there are 2 cards listed with exact same details...BUT one says it IS (LP) and that it comes with bracket..... so I'm wondering if the Scan one isnt really LP

if anyones even still listening....I've just ordered the one from Scan anyway On the asus website I clicked both links and then went to specifications....within there they both say that a low profile bracket is included

jukkie;5383353

If you don't want to spend the extra for a 9600 I'd say go for this card … If you don't want to spend the extra for a 9600 I'd say go for this card (if you can get the free delivery from scan it's cheaper there).I've installed 2 in media centre PC's, and a friend of mine also has one. Pretty happy with them so far, but I really only use them for multimedia as I have another PC for gaming.



Thanks for reply think going to order this at weekend looked at reviews looks good card for the money, ideal for me not a serious gamer but like my movies, heat added.

actually on £31.96 from scan with free AVF member delivery - so this deal is pants
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