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ATI Radeon HD 5450: Eyefinity And HTPCs For Everyone?

Benchmark Results: 3DMark Vantage And Far Cry 2

Our only synthetic gaming benchmark, 3DMark Vantage shows us that we should expect the new Radeon HD 5450 to perform slightly better than its predecessor, the Radeon HD 4550, but slower than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 and significantly behind the Radeon HD 4650. The GeForce 210 barely manages to achieve half of the 5450's synthetic score.

The Far Cry 2 results mirror our synthetic 3DMark numbers except that the new Radeon HD 5450 seems to have no advantage over the 4550. This is despite its 50 MHz core and 100 MHz memory clock rate advantage. If anything, the new card is a couple frames slower than the board that came before.

Our results are mostly academic in this title, since they mostly fall under 20 frames per second. But it is notable that the Radeon HD 5450 can perform on the razor's edge of playability at 1280x1024 with medium settings, as long as the shadow map resolution is lowered. Of course, we can't help but notice that the Radeon HD 4650 is a vastly superior gaming card. The GeForce 210, on the other hand, is unplayable across all resolutions.

  • popaholic
    For the all the idiots out there, yes it can run Crysis, slightly.

    Whats the point of releasing a new graphics card thats worse than older cards? It runs Dx11 but there's no way it could even run a supported game.

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  • The links to the article pages are either missing or directed wrongly. For example, the "Power and Temperature Benchmarks", "Conclusion" pages are missing or directed wrongly.
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  • cangelini
    serokichimThe links to the article pages are either missing or directed wrongly. For example, the "Power and Temperature Benchmarks", "Conclusion" pages are missing or directed wrongly.
    Try refreshing the page. Should be working correctly now!
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  • robertking82881
    well those that are not gameing but want direct x11 can pick this up
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  • acasel
    a crossfire config with this video card + overclock will make this article much better in a gamers point of view...
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  • cleeve
    acasela crossfire config with this video card + overclock will make this article much better in a gamers point of view...
    Not really, look at the specs. In CrossFire these cards would cost $100 for a total 160 shader cores. They still wouldn't hold a candle to a single $100 5670 when gaming, which has 400 shader cores all by itself.

    CrossFiring the 5450 would be a total waste.
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  • masterjaw
    Passively-cooled 5450 in crossfire = fail

    How do you expect it to handle the increase in temps? Even if you got some good airflow inside the case, that won't be sufficient.
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  • footsoldier
    Kinda failed product, ATI..focus on price drop plssss! But still, ATI rocks
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  • skora
    How selfish you all are thinking THG only does gaming cards!!!! When ATI cuts the hardware (shaders/ROPs) to the bone, its not about gaming. Its for the HTPC and multi-monitor office crowd and thats it. It's a niche card and looks to do that admirably.
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  • shubham1401
    Lol...
    They needed a i7 and 1200W PSU to test this card... :)

    Useless...Either get a good card or stick with integrated.
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