ATI Radeon HD 4600
Released October, 2009
The Pros:Good video and interface. Bus powered - no additional power connection from the power supply required. Over 30fps performance on most games with medium to low settings.
The Cons:The fans on this and many other ATI cards do not last long and either burn up or start making bad noises. Passively cooled versions available for HTPC builds and silence enthusiasts. No DirectX 11 support - DX 10.1 only.
The ATI Radeon HD 4600 is a mid-range series of graphics cards, designed to deliver good gaming performance at a sub-$100 price point. The series includes three models, the 600MHz HD 4650 with 512 MB GDDR2, and the 750MHz HD 4670 with either 512 MB or 1 GB GDDR3 memory.
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The latter consume under 60 W of power, and the former under 50 W, as PowerPlay technology aims to reduce power consumption through performance-on-demand and central thermal management systems. The series supports DirectX 10.1, and features ATI CrossFireX technology for multi-GPU scalability. They also support HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, enabling full HD video and gaming on 1080p displays.
- 512MB/1GB memory
- 600/750MHz clock speed
- 514 million transistors (55nm process)
- 320 stream processors
- Advanced multi-sample anti-aliasing
- DirectX 10.1
- PCI Express 2.0
- OpenGL 3.1
- Avivo HD
- ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU support
- ATI PowerPlay power management
- DisplayPlay/HDMI output support
User Reviews (20)
bus powered - no additional power connection from the power supply required
over 30fps performance on most games with medium to low settings
suitable for HTPC builds - single slot design, 1080p playback and HDMI output
scalable - can be paired with another Radeon HD card in CrossFireX mode
offloads HD video playback from the CPU onto the GPU
low power consumption at 50 and 60 watts
The fans on this and many other ATI cards do not last long and either burn up or start making bad noises.
passively cooled versions available for HTPC builds and silence enthusiasts
no DirectX 11 support - DX 10.1 only
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