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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) Radeon HD 4550
Red Dead Redemption 2 3363% 2278%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3363% 2278%
Cyberpunk 2077 4657% 3167%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 3136% 2122%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4657% 3167%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 1486% 989%
The Outer Worlds 2780% 1878%
Borderlands 3 3557% 2411%
FIFA 20 1745% 1167%
Need For Speed Heat 3363% 2278%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 4550 are significantly better than the Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge).

The Graphics Desktop has a 250 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD 4550, but the Radeon HD 4550 has 7 more Texture Mapping Units than the Graphics Desktop. As a result, the Radeon HD 4550 exhibits a 3.9 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Graphics Desktop. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Graphics Desktop has a 250 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD 4550, but the Radeon HD 4550 has 3 more Render Output Units than the Graphics Desktop. As a result, the Radeon HD 4550 exhibits a 1.5 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Graphics Desktop. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Graphics Desktop was released over a year more recently than the Radeon HD 4550, and so the Graphics Desktop is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Radeon HD 4550.

The Radeon HD 4550 has 256 MB video memory, but the Graphics Desktop does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) has 6 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 4550 has 80. However, the actual shader performance of the Graphics Desktop is 24 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 4550 is 34. The Radeon HD 4550 having 10 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Graphics Desktop performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Graphics Desktop transistor size technology is 33 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon HD 4550. This means that the Graphics Desktop is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon HD 4550. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Graphics Desktop should consume less power than the Radeon HD 4550.

The HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) requires 65 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 4550 requires 25 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the Radeon HD 4550, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the Graphics Desktop. The Graphics Desktop requires 40 Watts more than the Radeon HD 4550 to run. The difference is significant enough that the Graphics Desktop may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon HD 4550.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock1300 MHzvs-
ArchitectureSandy BridgeR700 RV710
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date01 May 2011vs01 Sep 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
1600x900 - vs green tick
1920x1080 - vs green tick
2560x1440 - vs green tick
3840x2160 - vs green tick

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs256 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs12.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units6vs80
Actual Shader Performance1%vs2%
Texture Mapping Units1vs8
Texture Rate0.9 GTexel/svs4.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units1vs4
Pixel Rate0.9 GPixel/svs2.4 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power65 Wattsvs25 Watts
Recommended PSU-300 Watts & 20 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.1
Open GL4.0vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Celeron E1400 Dual-Core 2GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs2 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewIntel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) are integrated graphics in the budget Celeron and Pentium Sandy Bridge Desktop processors.
Their performance depends on the processor they are integrated on, as the latter defines the Base and Boost Clock, as well as on the SYSTEM RAM, which defines the operating memory clock, and whether the GPU accesses a 64-bit or 128-bit memory interface.
More details to be added soon.
The Radeon R700 is the engineering codename for a graphics processing unit series released by AMD Graphics Product Group, sold under the ATI brand. The foundation chip, codenamed RV770, was announced and demonstrated on June 16, 2008 as part of the FireStream 9250 and Cinema 2.0 initiative launch media event, with official release of the HD4800 series on June 25, 2008. Other variants include enthusiast-oriented RV790, mainstream product RV730, RV740 and entry-level RV710.
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