Cheap upgrade over on-board graphics - provides great HD video capabilities
1 July 2011
Summary: This card isn't going to wow anyone with it's performance in new games or graphics-intensive design programs. I bought it because I wanted a discrete solution for watching videos on my computer while the computer is doing other things. It's really only a slight upgrade from on-board graphics, but that's all that's really needed.
Summary: Use this card for light gaming, plays starcraft 2 pretty well, and for home theatre. Card uses DXVA or hardware decoding to view 1080p video flawlessly, I use a program called "media player classic home theater". It also accelerates Flash, so 1080p flash video is finally silky smooth. Had this card for a little more than a year now, and no problems yet. I also like the low energy requirements, and low profile so it will fit in almost all cases.
Summary: If you are looking for a low-end, low-priced video card with high-end performance, then look no further. I just recently grabbed one of these (used) and it's the perfect video card for a backend HTPC system (especially when the mobo is also Gigabyte :) or even for a frontend one with an HDMI connection.
Summary: I bought this through a seller and not from Amazon. Works great and it was only $35 with shipping. Got this because it has an HDMI port so I can connect to my TV also. Had no problems on the TV, ie. overscan issues. Haven't tried games on it yet but don't expect too much, this IS a low powered card. Would have like to have gotten a higher performance card but I didn't want to upgrade my psu. This was perfect because it only required a 300w psu.
Summary: Amazon Verified Purchase ( What's this? ) This review is from: Gigabyte HD4550 512MB DDR3 PCIE2 DVI/HDMI/VGA LP RTL Video Card GV-R455HM-512I (Electronics) Dont buy this product only had 128mb in DDR3, the 512mb in ram are only with Hypermemory (Shared Memory with System) Comment
Summary: The ATI Radeon HD 4550 512mb card is a great card for those who would like to improve their performance without spending 2 much money. It's not a great gamer card even though it gets a 6.3 on the windows experiance index in gaming and business performance. Where this card really shines is video acceleration, you could be running a core solo or an atom processor (if you have a PCIe slot on the atom board) and you could playback pretty much anything you could throw at it.
Summary: I only use it to record JVC HD Cam Corders with Adobe OnLocation I got it because there is no fan and because of that 100% silent for studio work. It only takes up 1 PCIE place where all the other non fan graphocs cards take up 2. Placed it in a shoe box computer from shuttle, no idea on how it plays games but I don't use it for that.