Today amd has introduced the ATI Radeon HD 4550 card which represents the first ATI Radeon HD card from the 4000 series offered to the value segment, and has also introduced the 4350 also a card geared toward he value market.
The two cards offer support for DirectX 10.1 which will deliver improved image quality, improved rendering techniques and optimized to deliver better gaming, with DDR3 memory on both cards, you will see better memory performance and bandwidth. You will als be able to experience better upscaling of DVD quality videos and High Definition video playback along with High Definition (PIP) Picture in Picture.
The ATI Radeon HD 4550 and 4350 are energy efficient using less than 25 watts of board power, meaning you can use a 300 watt power supply with out a problem. In benchmarks performed by AMD, the HD 4550 out performs the NVIDIA 9400GT, and the HD 4350 outperforms the NVIDIA 8400 GS.
So how much for the cards? $45 – 55 for the 4550 and $39 for the 4350.