Originally Posted by name='alexhull24'
My Radeon 4350 that cost £20 will do that, though it struggles in any 3D really, as expected. I'm struggling to see really what benefits such an expensive HTPC card (at £65 in comparison) would have over my cheap-ass one for pure HTPC uses. The 5xxx series has slightly improved audio over HDMI if I remember correctly, but not a lot to add. The extra power would be wasted in my setup.
From my understanding, even the HD 4xxx lineup offers 7.1 channel sound over HDMI.
For pure media playback purposes, no the HD 5550's extra grunt will not be noticeable over the HD 5450 or infact it's predecessors. However, this is a product that offers a level of gaming ability at the same time and let's not forget the growing number of GPU Accelerated applications for media encoding.