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AMD Radeon HD 6450 Review: Caicos Cometh
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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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