Benchmark Results: Left 4 Dead And H.A.W.X.
With shaders set to medium and all other details set to high, Left 4 Dead is one of the most beautiful games on the market, requiring remarkably little power from graphics hardware. Even the GeForce 210 delivers playable performance at this setting. The new Radeon HD 5450 shows an alarming deficit compared to its predecessor. Despite this fact, both of these cards handle 1680x1050 quite well. The Radeon HD 4650, on the other hand, doesn't even drop below an average frame rate of 70 at this higher resolution.
H.A.W.X. is another game that looks gorgeous, despite relatively low graphics requirements. But none of the lower-end cards fare well here. The Radeon HD 4650 is the only card that really owns this title. Note that the GeForce 9500 GT doesn't have DirectX 10.1 compatibility and is therefore only benchmarked in the game's DirectX 10 mode. The advanced mode doesn't seem to offer much benefit to the cards that do support it, however.
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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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.
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.
They needed a i7 and 1200W PSU to test this card... :)
Useless...Either get a good card or stick with integrated.