ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review :: Gaming on the HD 4550/9500

09-30-2008 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Ben Sun

The HD 4550 and the EVGA 9500 are cards for the casual gamer. The hardcore gamer that requires the highest resolutions and settings would do well to spend a few more bucks for a HD 4670 or better card. Crysis was unplayable on these cards at all but the lowest settings, with it being a slideshow at 1280x1024 resolutions. EVE Online a game based upon the original game released in 2003 played great with no slowdowns at the regular resolutions I play the game at. This game uses DirectX 9.0 graphics and is a space based game with only a couple of enemies on screen at any one time. This also plays well on the 9500GT with similar playability throughout.

Games like Call Of Duty 4 run great on the HD 4550/9500. This game uses DirectX 9.0 graphics to show off the water and other Pixel Shader effects of the game. The game played in the near 30 fps level throughout at 1280x1024 resolutions, without AA and AF. The game was unplayable with turning on AA and AF but that isnít the target market for this card. As a replacement for lousy integrated graphics, the HD 4550 is great as for only $60 you can play games with the resolution turned lower than on the other cards but the card will run any game without issues that an Intel G45 integrated graphics chip might have. Another game Iíve been playing recently is the Warmonger game that comes with NVIDIAís PhysX Pack. While the game is meant to show off the effects of PhysX on the computer, it is also playable on other video cards. The 9500GT runs this game better as it has the ability to run PhysX natively but the ATI HD 4550 does not.


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ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review
ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review
ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review
ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review


ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review
ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review
ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review
ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review


ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review
ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review
ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review
ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review


ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review
ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review
ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review
ATI Radeon HD 4550 Versus EVGA GeForce 9500GT Review