ATI Radeon HD 5450: DX11 On The Cheap

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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. If you remember back to some of our previous Radeon HD 5000 series coverage, we showed you a picture of this slide, that outlined AMD's plans to launch the GPUs codenamed Redwood and Cedar sometime in Q1 2010. Redwood became the Radeon HD 5670 and today we can finally spill the beans on the first iteration of Cedar.

Now, 135 days after the arrival of the Radeon HD 5870, AMD is at the ready with the antithesis of that card, the Radeon HD 5450. Whereas the Radeon HD 5870 is AMD's fastest and most powerful single GPU, the Radeon HD 5450 is the low-power, entry-level variant of the Radeon HD 5000 series GPU architecture. As you'd probably expect, the Radeon HD 5450 supports DX11 (of course), along with ATI Eyefinity technology, AVIVO, PowerPlay and all of the other features inherent to the HD 5000 series. Take a peek at the specs below to familiarize yourself with the card and then we'll move on to the fun stuff.


The Half-Height, Passively Cooled, ATI Radeon HD 5450

ATI Radeon HD 5450
Specifications and Features



A lot of groundwork had to be laid over the preceding months and even years before AMD could produce the entire Radeon HD 5000 series of products. Although the GPU at the heart of the Radeon HD 5450 is based on the same architecture as the other members of the DX-11 class Radeon HD 5000 series, the chip does leverage technologies already implemented in previously released GPU generations, so it's not all new.  As such, we'd recommend perusing some recent HotHardware articles to brush up on a few of the technologies and features employed by the new Radeon HD 5450...

The articles listed above cover many of the features available with the Radeon HD 5450, like the UVD 2 video engine, Catalyst Control Center, PowerPlay, GDDR5 memory, and more. There are also, however, many brand new things that were introduced with the Radeon HD 5800 series that we detailed in our Radeon HD 5870 coverage, so that article at the very least is a must-read companion to this one - well, if you're up for some extra bedtime reading anyway.

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rapid1 4 years ago

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.

acarzt 4 years ago

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.

Schmich 4 years ago

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.

gibbersome 4 years ago

@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.

marco c 4 years ago

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.

gibbersome 4 years ago

[quote user="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.

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

acarzt 4 years ago

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

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

Bighorse 4 years ago

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.

3vi1 4 years ago

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

acarzt 4 years ago

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

Crisis Causer 4 years ago

So if you have any inclination of playing games released in the past 5 years on this thing - get another card!  Some people like mild gaming in their HTCP's, but I guess that's what the 5670 is for.

acarzt 4 years ago

I wasn't away that card came in a low profile confiruration.... Either way.. you can pick up a half height GTS250 which will blow away the card in this article.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187098

Or you could opt for a 9800GT which looks suspiciously the same lol...

with 512MB less ram and a $25 cheaper price tag.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187061&cm_re=9800_gt-_-14-187-061-_-Product

man-driva 4 years ago

Since many of us are convinced PC gaming is all but dead this level of performance has a strongly growing market amongst those that us PC's for other entertainment purposes, video, photography, research,Older games that still have play value .....most pre 2009

Computers have become like toasters pretty much any modern unit can do daily computing tasks well, which frees the consumer on price .....Ego be damned I want something that does the job cost effectively.

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