AMD Radeon HD 6450 Review: Caicos Cometh

Test Setup And Benchmarks

All of the competing cards are included in our benchmarks: the Radeon HD 5450, Radeon HD 5550, GeForce GT 220 DDR2, and GeForce GT 430. Due to the almost humorously-short notice given for this review, we had to simulate the DDR2 version of the GeForce GT 220 by underclocking the memory on a DDR3-equipped card.  

Test Hardware
Processor
Intel Core i5-2500K (Sandy Bridge)
Overclocked to 4.0 GHz, 6 MB L3 Cache, power-saving settings enabled, Turbo Boost disabled.
Motherboard
Asus P8P67 Pro, Intel P67 Chipset
Memory
OCZ PC3-16000, 2 x 2 GB, 1333 MT/s, CL 9-9-9-20-1T
Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black 750 GB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache, SATA 3Gb/s
Graphics CardsAsus ENGT 430 1 GB DDR3
700/1400 MHz Core/Shaders, 800 MHz Memory (1600 MT/s effective)

Gigabyte GV-N220OC-1GI
Underclocked to simulate GeForce GT 220 DDR2:
625/1350 MHz Core/Shaders, 450 MHz Memory (900 MT/s effective)

Asus EAH5450 Silent 1 GB DDR2
650 MHz Core, 400 MHz Memory (800 MT/s effective)

HIS Radeon HD 5550 1 GB DDR3
550 MHz Core, 900 MHz Memory (1800 MT/s effective)

AMD Radeon HD 6450 512 MB GDDR5
750 MHz Core, 900 MHz Memory (3600 MT/s effective)
Power Supply
ePower EP-1200E10-T2 1200 W, ATX12V, EPS12V
CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper TX 2
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX
DirectX 11
Graphics Driver
GeForce: 267.59 Beta
Radeon: Catalyst 11.4 Beta
Games
Crysis 2
High Quality setting, No AA, 60 second gameplay, FRAPS
Left4Dead2
Highest Detail Settings, vsync disabled, No AA, 8xAF, FRAPS
F1 2010
Medium Settings, No AA, Steam version, in-game benchmark, DX9 Rendering
Metro 2033
DiectX 9, Low Detail,  4x AF, advanced PhysX disabled.
H.A.W.X. 2
Highest settings, DirectX 11 tessellation disabled, built-in benchmark
3DMark 11
Performance Preset, 1680x1050
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  • Toms, when are you going to fix your thumbs up/down rating thing?
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  • AMD is destroying Nvidia in every possible way, and it's only a matter of time before AMD catches up to and surpassed Intel again!
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  • Toms, when are you going to fix your thumbs up/down rating thing?
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  • mikenygmailAMD is destroying Nvidia in every possible way, and it's only a matter of time before AMD catches up to and surpassed Intel again!

    hmm... that's not exactly the impression I got after actually reading the review. Maybe you should try do the same. So Nvidia is getting destroyed because an ultra low-end discrete graphics card from AMD offers decent HTPC performance in comparison to the GT430? lol... And where did that thing about Intel come from?

    Anyway, I would argue that gaming performance definitely isn't at the top of peoples priority list when purchasing a card in this price range. People tend to purchase $60 cards for low power, cool, and quiet media PC operation. And at least in this category the HD6450 offers solid competition for the GT430.
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  • aznguy0028Toms, when are you going to fix your thumbs up/down rating thing?


    Still waiting on the French dev team to let me know when it's going to unbreak that feature that previously worked fine ;-)
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  • Nice to see such a big performance leap on the low range cards.
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  • It would have been interesting to add your i5-2500K on its own to the comparison chart. The HD3000 has been favorably compared to the 5450 in the past, so how would it compare with the new 6450?
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  • just curious... will there be "hybrid crossfire" when this card is paired by a llano?
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  • So this doesn't require a power connector? Because that's a big thing when suggesting a replacement card for a couple of years old supermarket PC with an unknown but underpowered power supply. Seems this would fit the bill, being low-power, cheap & quiet.
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  • dragonsqrrlhmm... that's not exactly the impression I got after actually reading the review. Maybe you should try do the same. So Nvidia is getting destroyed because an ultra low-end discrete graphics card from AMD offers decent HTPC performance in comparison to the GT430? lol... And where did that thing about Intel come from?Anyway, I would argue that gaming performance definitely isn't at the top of peoples priority list when purchasing a card in this price range. People tend to purchase $60 cards for low power, cool, and quiet media PC operation. And at least in this category the HD6450 offers solid competition for the GT430.


    Maybe you should try not making baseless assumptions. Nvidia's graphics cards are overpriced and weaker than AMD's at just about every possible price point. The GTX 550 Ti is a failure, and as you pointed out yourself, even this new AMD HTPC offering offers solid competition for the GT430.

    It was totally ridiculous for tomshardware to post the "Best Graphics Card for the Money" article the day before the AMD 6990 article, (to exclude AMD's new flag ship card) and then even more ridiculous to title the article "AMD Radeon HD 6990 4 GB Review: Antilles Makes (Too Much) Noise." This site obviously favors Nvidia and is paid well to do so, I'm just leveling the playing field a bit.

    Also, don't use "lol" and limit your "..." usage, it makes you look bad.
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  • Minor correction of my first post: AMD is destroying Nvidia in every possible way, and it's only a matter of time before AMD catches up to and surpasses Intel again!
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  • By the way don, you can pick up a 5570 for $65 ($50 with rebate!) Why didn't you include that in the review?
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  • I'm a little surprised, and disappointed, that you guys didn't review the silent card.

    In this market, as others have pointed out, 3D gaming isn't paramount, but lower power and sound volume is. For that reason, I think information on the DDR3 version might be more interesting to most people.

    Having to use a fan for something so underpowered probably isn't very attractive for many people
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  • @bobdozer But they had a AMD equivalent as well. Comparing a card with a poorer and a faster card helps people to get a perspective as to what they get in this budget, what will they get if they somehow manage to extend it, and what is the competition offering.

    @mikenygmail

    Last time I checked, AMD was two generations behind Intel in performance. That's a lot to catch up, and we haven't seen any Bulldozer benchmarks yet.

    As for Nvidia being pwned, its performance at the higher end is comparable to AMD. 460 onwards, performance at similar price points is nearly equal.

    And if you had checked the noise comparison videos between 6990 and 590 posted on this site itself, Antilles did make too much noise.

    Give the guys a break.
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  • PS : Before you accuse me of being a fanboy, I'd like to point that I don't any graphics card at all (Ok, you can laugh on that). I'm using an absolutely joke-of-a-video-card VIA onboard GPU from 2004. And when I do get an upgrade, it will be based on what offers the most bang for buck and not if it's from the green team or from the red team.
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  • so, if you really want a low end gpu, get a 5570 right? anything less is pointless. Anyone wanting 3D blueray accelleration has the cash to blow on a 3dtv setup would buy a decent vid card.
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  • The point of this is using a geforce card in an AMD review, claiming that its much better because it is within $5 of the cost. However if you add another $5 you can get a 5570 which blows away the Nvidia card.

    Why stop at the 430? It should never have been in this review but you have to make sure Nvidia is at the top right?
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  • kkiddu60 onwards, performance at similar price points is nearly equal.


    Yes, but it'll be costing NVIDIA more at the same time.
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  • bobdozerBy the way don, you can pick up a 5570 for $65 ($50 with rebate!) Why didn't you include that in the review?


    Um... I did. Check the last page, bro... "Starting at $55, the GDDR5-based version of the Radeon HD 6450 is much closer to tough competition from Nvidia's GeForce GT 430 and AMD's own Radeon HD 5570, which makes it impossible to recommend."
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  • TA152HI'm a little surprised, and disappointed, that you guys didn't review the silent card.


    We review what AMD decides to supply us with for the launch. They chose to submit only the GDDR5 model, unfortunately.
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  • greghomeBring the HD6670 to retail


    The 6600 and 6700s (not the 6790 thou) are already out in retail. They just called the 5670, 5750 and 5770...
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