HIS Radeon HD 5550 GDDR5 Review 13

HIS Radeon HD 5550 GDDR5 Review

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Over the last months AMD has presented a full lineup of DirectX 11 compatible products, from the high-end dual-GPU HD 5970, down to the low-end HD 5450. Only recently they have added another member to their lineup named Radeon HD 5550. It was a low key launch without big fanfare, for a product that tries to fill a gap in the $60-$75 segment, where NVIDIA's GT 220 and GT 240 are positioned.

HIS has developed their own HD 5550 PCB design equipped with GDDR5 memory, while many other AIBs use only slower DDR2 or DDR3 memory. The result is the HIS Silence HD 5550, a completely passive card that emits no noise, which makes it a prime candidate for a quiet media PC system. Unfortunately the memory and passive heatsink add quite a bit to the pricing, so the HIS card clocks in around $70. But 10 bucks extra for a noiseless experience doesn't seem too unreasonable?

9400 GT
HD 5450
HD 4550
9500 GT
GT 220
HD 5550
HD 5570
HD 4670
9600 GT
HD 5670
Shader units 168080324832040032064400
Transistors314M292M242M314M486M627M627M512M505M 627M
Memory Size512M512 MB512 MB256 MB /
512 MB
512 MB /
1024 MB
1024 MB1024 MB512 MB512 MB 1024 MB
Memory Bus Width 128 bit64 bit64 bit128 bit128 bit128 bit128 bit128 bit256 bit 128 bit
Core Clock550 MHz650 MHz600 MHz550 MHz625 MHz550 MHz650 MHz750 MHz650 MHz 775 MHz
Memory Clock400 MHz800 MHz400 MHz900 MHz790 MHz /
1012 MHz
1000 MHz1000 MHz1000 MHz900 MHz 1000 MHz
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