ATI Radeon HD
5450: Eyefinity And HTPCs For Everyone?
12:00 AM - February 4, 2010 by Don
Table of contents
* 1 – A Radeon For The Rest Of Us?
* 2 – ATI's Radeon HD 5450 Architecture
* 3 – Budget Eyefinity
* 4 – HTPC And Stream
* 5 – Radeon HD 5450: The Reference Card
* 6 – Test Setup And Benchmarks
* 7 – Benchmark Results: 3DMark Vantage And
Far Cry 2
* 8 – Benchmark Results: Crysis And World In
* 9 – Benchmark Results: Left 4 Dead And
* 10 – Benchmark Results: DiRT 2 And DirectX
* 11 – Anti-Aliasing And Anisotropic
* 12 – Power And Temperature Benchmarks
* 13 – Conclusion
AMD floored us with the performance (and
price) of its Radeon HD 5970, awed us with
the 5870's triple-display Eyefinity
capabilities, wowed us with the 5850's
value, excited us with the 5770's alacrity
in a home theater system, impressed us with
its mainstream 5750, and intrigued us with
the relatively entry-level 5670.
We have written quite a few Radeon HD
5000-series launch reviews over the past few
months, and every one of the company's new
products has demonstrated serious gaming
prowess to its respective price segment.
Every one of them, that is, until now. Enter
ATI's Radeon HD 5450. This is not a piece of
hardware that targets our gaming audience.
But at $50, it's the Radeon HD 5000-series
card for the rest of us. I use the term 'us'
somewhat loosely here, as I consider myself
a gamer. You get the idea, though.
If you've been paying attention to the
recent Radeon launches, then you know
there's a lot more to like than just gaming
performance: the Eyefinity multi-monitor
support and Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD Master Audio
over a protected audio path features
mentioned above actually carry over across
all members of the 5000-series seen thus
far. Anyone excited by those value-adds thus
far will be happy to see that they are once
again exposed on today's replacement of the
Radeon HD 4350 and 4550 cards.
Let's take a closer look at the new Radeon
HD 5450 and draw some conclusions about how
well it serves that low-end discrete
audience. We know it's not a gaming card,
but we cant help ourselves; we'll even check
out gaming performance for the sake of being