ATI Radeon HD 5450: DX11 On The Cheap

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HOW WE CONFIGURED THE TEST SYSTEM: We tested the graphics cards in this article on an Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 motherboard powered by a Core i7 965 quad-core processor and 6GB of OCZ DDR3 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system BIOS and set all values to their "optimized" or "high performance" default settings. Then we manually configured the memory timings and disabled any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The hard drive was then formatted, and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the installation was complete we fully updated the OS and installed the latest hotfixes, along with the necessary drivers and applications.

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Hardware Used:
Core i7 965 (3.2GHz)

Gigabyte EX58-UD5
(X58 Express)

Radeon HD 5450
Radeon HD 5670
Radeon HD 5770
Radeon HD 5750
GeForce GT 240
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

6GB OCZ DDR3-1333
Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
ATI Catalyst v10.10b
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers v195.50

Benchmarks Used:

3DMark Vantage v1.0.1
Left 4 Dead*
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars v1.5*

* - Custom benchmark

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

3DMark Vantage

The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark Vantage, is specifically bound to Windows Vista-based systems because it uses some advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 10, which y isn't available on previous versions of Windows.  3DMark Vantage isn't simply a port of 3DMark06 to DirectX 10 though.  With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, in addition to support for the latest PC hardware.  We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark Vantage's Extreme preset option, which uses a resolution of 1920x1200 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.

Wow, not much to see here. The Radeon HD 5450 obviously was not designed with high-resolution gaming in mind, as is evident by the ultra low score it posted in 3DMark Vantage when run with the Extreme preset option.

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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.



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.

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.

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

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

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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