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HD Video Quality: HQV 2.0 Benchmark

AMD Radeon HD 6450 Review: Caicos Cometh
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While we recently reviewed a wide spectrum of Radeon and GeForce cards using the HQV 2.0 HD video quality benchmark, we retested the following cards using newer drivers.

HQV Benchmark version 2.0 Results (out of 210 possible)

GeForce GT 220GeForce GT 430Radeon HD 6450Radeon HD 5550Radeon HD 5450
Test Class 1:
Video Conversion
878789
89
89
Test Class 1:
Noise and Artifact Reduction
202044
44
44
Test Class 3:
Image Scaling and Enhancements
3030
30
30
15
Test Class 4:
Adaptive Processing
202077
7
Totals:
157157170
170
155


The good news is that the Radeon HD 6450 handles the same visual quality settings as the Radeon HD 5550, and delivers the same HD video quality result. To our surprise, the GeForce GT 220 and GT 430 properly handled all of the tested video cadences, something many Nvidia cards demonstrated a problem with in our last review. Kudos to the GeForce driver team for fixing these issues that we previously identified.

To summarize, the Radeon HD 5450 loses points because it is not powerful enough to handle compression artifact de-blocking. The GeForce GT 220 and GeForce GT 430 also lose points for a lack of this feature and skin-tone correction, but gain some points because of their ability to perform real-time contrast enhancements.

In the final analysis, the Radeon HD 6450 and Radeon HD 5550 take the lead in this price segment when it comes to HD video playback quality, with very good noise and compression artifact reduction.

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