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ATI Radeon HD 5450: DX11 On The Cheap

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Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
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Enemy Territory:
Quake Wars

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is Based on a radically enhanced version of id's Doom 3 engine and viewed by many as Battlefield 2 meets the Strogg, and then some.  In fact, we'd venture to say that id took EA's team-based warfare genre up a notch or two.  ET: Quake Wars also marks the introduction of John Carmack's "Megatexture" technology that employs large environment and terrain textures that cover vast areas of maps without the need to repeat and tile many smaller textures.  The beauty of megatexture technology is that each unit only takes up a maximum of 8MB of frame buffer memory.  Add to that HDR-like bloom lighting and leading edge shadowing effects and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars looks great, plays well and works high end graphics cards vigorously.  The game was tested with all of its in-game options set to their maximum values with soft particles enabled in addition to 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars ran perfectly find on the Radeon HD 5450, but playable framerates were not possible at resolutions of 1680x1050 or 1920x1200 with high-quality settings.

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Yeah they seem to introduce at least 1 or 2 GPU's a month at least, since the 5870 hit. I just wonder when in Nvidia is going to answer. We have been waiting forever for them to drop a GPU. I have actually been an ATI user for quite some time, although I have had Nvidia cards a few times. Lol, as I mentioned once before I Have an ATI all in Wonder Pro sitting on my dresser in a magnetic bag, It is a first year release from a long time ago. Either way though I like Nvidia to have there capability in the market for 2 reason, if they sufficiently tear ATI up performance wise I could buy one, and it seems to make ATI keep it to the grindstone as well as keeping prices reasonable. The current market has not see a true new Nvidia card for quite some time now.

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LOL! Marco you really wailed on that card lol Not a single low res benchmark lol Nothing you threw at it was playable, which brings up the point... Why have a card that supports a cutting edge tech like DX11 if it can't actually run games at playable frame rates? lol I understand the marketing point of view on it... but it seems kind of pointless to support DX11.

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DX11 isn't only about gaming applications and I'm sure it's easier for them to keep DX11 as it's on the same architecture. Eyfinity isn't only used for gaming either. I can only assume it's up to 3 screens which would be perfect as a cheap office card for those requiring that amount of monitors.

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@acarzt I was thinking the same thing. What's the point of Eyefinity if your graphics card can barely handle high resolution gaming? I was a little disappointed with the drop in performance from the 5870 to the 5670, but the 5450 seems generations behind the 5670!

@Schmich True, that's a plus I hadn't considered. This will make a good media center video card, and good for triple display for office monitors.

ATI has filled in the spectrum in the low to lower-middle GPU section, but they have only three cards that perform better than the GTX 260, the 5850, 5870 and 5970. While Nvidia currently has five that perform better than the 5770, the GTX 260, 275, 280, 285 and 295.

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Don't forget, DX11 support also means support for DirectCompute, so a card like this would be great for an HTPC that's used to so some video encoding, etc.

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Marco C:

Don't forget, DX11 support also means support for DirectCompute, so a card like this would be great for an HTPC that's used to so some video encoding, etc.

 

Hmm, that's the feature that helps with order-independent transparency and raytracing.

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DirectCompute is actually supported on DX10 cards. It was just introduced with DX11.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/directcompute.html

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This card is more of HTPC card not much any kind of game. But you figured even the low end model would put up some better numbers for gaming. Many users do flock to the budget cards to help increase their fps even a little without trying to break their bank.

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At the very least, it gets points for a very cool looking heat-sink. :)

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Well it seems to be THE ONLY half height AMD\ATI card that I can find that supports DirectCompute... so it gets points for that....

But Nvidia has a rather large range of half heights cards that support DirectCompute.

Sooooo AMD\ATI needs to step up their game :-P

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