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ATI Radeon HD 5450 Review
2 July 2010
Conclusion: What makes these cards different to the Radeon HD 5450 is that you shouldn't expect to play games with a card in this price point. It wasn't possible before and that hasn't changed today. Looking at the current market we have the GeForce GT 220 retailing for $60 (512MB) and $70 (1GB), while the Radeon HD 4650 is priced at $50 (512MB) and $60 (1GB).
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.
Excerpt: Over the course of the past four months or so, AMD has been on a tear, releasing a slew of new DirectX 11-class GPUs at price points ranging from approximately $600 all the way on down to about $100. All the while, AMD was also up front about the release schedule for many upcoming, future products.
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: 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
Excerpt: PC enthusiasts have been building and running Home Theater PCs for years and have always been looking for the best video card to use. When searching for the right parts for a HTPC you will want to make sure they have the features you want and at the right price point. When we suggest a GPU for a HTPC, we have a list of important features that we keep in mind when suggesting cards for a HTPC system build.