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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Quadro4 550 XGL Radeon 9600 PRO
Red Dead Redemption 2 8006% 3819%
Doom Eternal 6870% 3270%
Cyberpunk 2077 11036% 5285%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 8006% 3819%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 4900% 2318%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 11036% 5285%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 11036% 5285%
Grand Theft Auto VI 12286% 5889%
Need For Speed Heat 8006% 3819%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 212% 51%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon 9600 PRO are massively better than the Nvidia Quadro4 550 XGL.

The Radeon 9600 PRO has a 130 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the Quadro4 550 XGL. This results in the Radeon 9600 PRO providing 0.5 GTexel/s better texturing performance. Neither of these GPUs support DirectX 10 or higher, so Texture Rate holds more weight than when comparing more modern GPUs.

The Radeon 9600 PRO has a 130 MHz higher core clock speed than the Quadro4 550 XGL and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the Radeon 9600 PRO providing 0.5 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. The Radeon 9600 PRO supports up to DirectX 9.0, so pixeling performance is not particularly relevant for this GPU. It would be relevant for comparing the Quadro4 550 XGL with other old GPUs, but in this case it is probably safe to say that the Radeon 9600 PRO is superior.

The Radeon 9600 PRO was released over a year more recently than the Quadro4 550 XGL, and so the Radeon 9600 PRO is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Quadro4 550 XGL.

Both GPUs exhibit very poor performance, so rather than upgrading from one to the other you should consider looking at more powerful GPUs. Neither of these will be able to run the latest games in any playable way.

The Radeon 9600 PRO has 64 MB more video memory than the Quadro4 550 XGL, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon 9600 PRO also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon 9600 PRO has 1.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Quadro4 550 XGL, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon 9600 PRO is marginally better than the Quadro4 550 XGL.

The Quadro4 550 XGL has 2 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon 9600 PRO has 4. The two GPUs are based on different architectures, but deliver an equivalent shader performance. To compare, we must continue to look at the memory bandwidth, Texture and Pixel Rates. In this case, the Radeon 9600 PRO has 0.5 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate, 0.5 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate, and 1.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth, so should have a marginally faster performance than the Quadro4 550 XGL.

The Radeon 9600 PRO transistor size technology is 20 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro4 550 XGL. This means that the Radeon 9600 PRO is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro4 550 XGL. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Radeon 9600 PRO should consume less power than the Quadro4 550 XGL.

The Radeon 9600 PRO requires 18 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Quadro4 550 XGL. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the Radeon 9600 PRO, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the Quadro4 550 XGL.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed270 MHzvs400 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureNV17 A3RV360
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date19 Feb 2002vs01 Oct 2003
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory64 MBvs128 MB
Memory Speed200 MHzvs300 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDRvsDDR
Memory Bandwidth3.2GB/secvs4.8GB/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 Units2vs4
Actual Shader Performance0%vs0%
Texture Mapping Units4vs4
Texture Rate1.1 GTexel/svs1.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs4
Pixel Rate1.1 GPixel/svs1.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)-vs2048x1536
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-18 Watts
Recommended PSU-300 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model1.3vs2.0
Open GL1.5vs2.0
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM-2 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-800x600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewQuadro4 550 XGL is a professional graphics card that will deliver similar gaming performance to GeForce4 MX 460, though worse due to the lack of support for gaming drivers, lower memory bandwidth and reduced frame buffer size, as well as a lower clocked central unit.Radeon 9600 PRO is a directX 9 capable card based on the RV300 architecture.
Based on the RV360 Core, it equips 4 Pixel Shaders, 4 TMUs and 4 ROPs, on a 128-bit memory of DDR. While the central unit runs at 400MHz, the memory clock operates 300MHz.
It's still not suited for a 720p resolution, as its memory size is still limited and memory bandwidth is very reduced.
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