Conclusion: Looking at the performance of the ATI Radeon HD5450, you have to give up the idea that this is going to be any kind of solution for a gaming rig. In modern FPS games, it was well below any reasonable person's expectation for visual quality. Even at the reduced resolutions and quality levels that we introduced in our review of the HD5670 and GT240, the HD5450 just barely got into double digits for frames-per-second.
Pros: Modern feature set, Extremely low power consumption, Aggressive power modulation of GPU and RAM, Best video quality currently available, HDMI, VGA and DVI interfaces on single slot, Cool, silent operation, Truly awesome looks, Very low heat generation
Cons: High-end gaming titles are almost impossible to play, AIB partners will probably mess with the good looks
Summary: On the test bed to my right is a pair of Radeon HD 5870 Crossfire graphics cards churning out over 100fps in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat using maximum in-game quality settings. Then to my left is a similar configured test bed with a single Radeon HD 5450 rendering what can only be described as a medium quality slide show of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat.
Summary: According to reviews at HardwareCanucks and AnandTech , the Radeon HD 5450, as we expected, delivers poor modern gaming performance, only capable of smooth play in less GPU-intensive games, and even then at lower resolutions than most gamers are accustomed to. It is still a huge step up from integrated graphics, especially Intel-based solutions.
Excerpt: Those looking for an inexpensive way to add a little graphics muscle to a small desktop tower or media PC will find the Radeon HD 5450 enticing. But if you play demanding games, a larger, pricier card is a better buy.
Pros: Low price, Passively cooled, half-height board means models will be available to fit slim PC cases, Low power requirements
Cons: Metal cooler is large, Limited gaming performance in current games
Summary: Avec le Radeon HD 5450, il n'y a pas vraiment de surprises. Notre exemplaire de test embarquait 512Mo de mémoire GDDR3, mais ce n'est pas une éventuelle version 1Go qui changera la donne dans les jeux. Au contraire, selon nous il est même préférable de favoriser une version 512Mo puisque le chip n'est pas suffisamment performant pour réellement tirer partie de la mémoire supplémentaire. Le HD 5450 n'est pas suffisant pour jouer correctement ? Et alors ?