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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Quadro4 550 XGL Radeon HD 3450
Cyberpunk 2077 11036% 5113%
Halo: Reach 2476% 1106%
Red Dead Redemption 2 8006% 3694%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 8006% 3694%
Doom Eternal 6870% 3162%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 4900% 2240%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 11036% 5113%
FIFA 20 4218% 1921%
Need For Speed Heat 8006% 3694%
Grand Theft Auto VI 12286% 5698%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 3450 are massively better than the Nvidia Quadro4 550 XGL.

The Radeon HD 3450 has a 330 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the Quadro4 550 XGL. This results in the Radeon HD 3450 providing 1.3 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since the Radeon HD 3450 supports up to DirectX 10.1.

The Radeon HD 3450 has a 330 MHz higher core clock speed than the Quadro4 550 XGL and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the Radeon HD 3450 providing 1.3 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. The Radeon HD 3450 supports up to DirectX 10.1, 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 HD 3450 is superior.

The Radeon HD 3450 was released over three years more recently than the Quadro4 550 XGL, and so the Radeon HD 3450 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Quadro4 550 XGL when running the latest games.

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 HD 3450 has 192 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 HD 3450 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon HD 3450 has 4.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Quadro4 550 XGL, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon HD 3450 is marginally better than the Quadro4 550 XGL.

The Quadro4 550 XGL has 2 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 3450 has 40. However, the actual shader performance of the Quadro4 550 XGL is 1 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 3450 is 24. The Radeon HD 3450 having 23 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon HD 3450 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Quadro4 550 XGL.

The Radeon HD 3450 transistor size technology is 95 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro4 550 XGL. This means that the Radeon HD 3450 is expected to run massively cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro4 550 XGL. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Radeon HD 3450 should consume less power than the Quadro4 550 XGL.

The Radeon HD 3450 requires 25 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Quadro4 550 XGL. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the Radeon HD 3450, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the Quadro4 550 XGL.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed270 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureNV17 A3RV620 LE
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date19 Feb 2002vs10 Dec 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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GPU Memory

Memory64 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed200 MHzvs500 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeDDRvsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth3.2GB/secvs8GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2vs40
Actual Shader Performance0%vs1%
Technology150nmvs55nm
Texture Mapping Units4vs4
Texture Rate1.1 GTexel/svs2.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs4
Pixel Rate1.1 GPixel/svs2.4 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)-vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-25 Watts
Recommended PSU-550 Watts & 20 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX8.1vs10.1
Shader Model1.3vs4.1
Open GL1.5vs3.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8GHz
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 HD 3450 is an entry-level GPU based on the 55nm, second unified shader architecture, R600.
It's based on the RV620 LE Core and offers 40 Shader Processing Units, 4 TMUs and 4 ROPs a 64-bit memory interface of standard DDR2. The central unit runs at 600MHz and the memory clock runs at up to 500MHz.
Its limited memory bandwidth makes today's games only playable at unattractive resolutions and using low (maybe) or medium presets. DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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