AMD has announced the introduction of the ATI Radeon HD 4550 and ATI Radeon HD 4350 graphics cards, the latest additions to its ATI Radeon HD 4000-series graphics line up. Both cards are based on the same technology found in ATI Radeon HD 4800-series products, including support for the DirectX 10.1 games and HD multimedia capabilities, the company pointed out.
The ATI Radeon HD 4550 plays demanding game titles previously unplayable by cards in its price segment, and should be available for less than US$59 for a 512MB memory configuration, according to AMD. Meanwhile the Radeon HD 4350 will be priced less than US$39 with 256MB memory. Both cards are expected to be available starting in October
The ATI Radeon HD 4550 features 80 stream processing cores and is based on AMD's second generation 55nm process. With 96GFLOPS of compute power, the ATI Radeon HD 4550 allows users to unlock new gaming experiences never before playable in this segment, with full support for DirectX 10.1 games, while operating at less than 20W under full load, AMD highlighted. The Radeon HD 4550 will also be available as a passively cooled option.