ATI Radeon HD 5450: Eyefinity And HTPCs For Everyone?

AMD floored us with the performance (and price) of its Radeon HD 5970, awed us with the 5870's triple-display Eyefinity capabilities, wowed us with the 5850's value, excited us with the 5770's alacrity in a home theater system, impressed us with its mainstream 5750, and intrigued us with the relatively entry-level 5670.

We have written quite a few Radeon HD 5000-series launch reviews over the past few months, and every one of the company's new products has demonstrated serious gaming prowess to its respective price segment.

Every one of them, that is, until now. Enter ATI's Radeon HD 5450. This is not a piece of hardware that targets our gaming audience. But at $50, it's the Radeon HD 5000-series card for the rest of us. I use the term 'us' somewhat loosely here, as I consider myself a gamer. You get the idea, though.

If you've been paying attention to the recent Radeon launches, then you know there's a lot more to like than just gaming performance: the Eyefinity multi-monitor support and Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD Master Audio over a protected audio path features mentioned above actually carry over across all members of the 5000-series seen thus far. Anyone excited by those value-adds thus far will be happy to see that they are once again exposed on today's replacement of the Radeon HD 4350 and 4550 cards.

Let's take a closer look at the new Radeon HD 5450 and draw some conclusions about how well it serves that low-end discrete audience. We know it's not a gaming card, but we cant help ourselves; we'll even check out gaming performance for the sake of being thorough.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • robertking82881
    well those that are not gameing but want direct x11 can pick this up
  • acasel
    a crossfire config with this video card + overclock will make this article much better in a gamers point of view...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • footsoldier
    Kinda failed product, ATI..focus on price drop plssss! But still, ATI rocks
  • 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.
  • shubham1401
    Lol...
    They needed a i7 and 1200W PSU to test this card... :)

    Useless...Either get a good card or stick with integrated.
  • arkadi
    Sound like a solid card for non gaming setups. To bad no AGP support. (My 8 years old HTPC just will not die). "crossfire"?! lol i guess some ppl missing the point of this card.
  • micky_lund
    shubham1401Lol...They needed a i7 and 1200W PSU to test this card... Useless...Either get a good card or stick with integrated.


    yeah...its just so all the tests are the same, and aren't being capped by anything...tho they could do it with a 500w :D
  • carlhenry
    i was expecting this to be faster than the 4550 :(
    now i'll wait a little more to see how the 5500 will fair.
    i hope it will be on par with the 9500gt and will be energy efficient. huhuhu
  • So it's probably worth remembering this card IS NOT aimed at playing games..If you want to play games then this card isn't for you.

    This is aimed purely at media playback and 2D applications.

    I run a number of HTPC's in my home and until this card it has been impossible to get a bitstreamed output over hdmi for bluray playback. This is currently the only card that will do that (that is low power, single slot, and half height)

    For that reason alone this should get a 5* or 10/10 rating. And I'll be buying 5 of them!

    And please try to remember that graphics cards are not all about frame rated when playing crysis.
  • killerclick
    If you're on a very tight budget and want to play games, I suggest 4650. Eyefinity? Only if you need 3 monitors. dx11? You'll still be able to play dx11 games even with a dx10 card.
  • brisingamen
    well crossfiring two of these bad boys isnt all a bad idea i mean they are silent,

    and slim, so they could fit in a slim htpc case. or a micro pc you could throw in your backpack or hand bag.

    plus you can run eyefinity,

    and the fact it runs on such little power you could almost plug it into your neck and run it.

    and you dont have the crossfire bridge to worry about for crossfire connection,


    im definitly a fan of acasels xfire OC idea. id like to see benches and a review of that infact.
  • yose3
    what the point of this card? remind me again why does it exist?
  • stridervm
    It exists for the people who are still playing on a 1024x768 monitor but still want DX11, yes, they exist. =P
  • scrumworks
    Yose3what the point of this card? remind me again why does it exist?


    How about cutting manufacturing costs doing the 55->40nm transfer and having the power consumption down.
  • JohnnyLucky
    If I understood the article correctly, then it seems this card would be ideal for a quiet home theater pc.
  • Its for people who want multiple monitors for work and no gaming. Why the hell you people always think about gaming.
  • Ciuy
    who the hell plays Crisys on these crappy cards? These are made to be used ONLY for HTPCss
  • dimitrik
    *Groan* Really guys? Is gaming the only thing a computer is used for?

    This card is built for a whole bunch of users who are actually far more common in real life than overgrown teenage gamers. How about desktop users who want a really quiet low power consumption PC? Maybe one which stays on 24/7 or is fitted into a super slim case? How about HTPC users who want a passively cooled card that has all the video and HD acceleration features without requiring an extra power supply or installing 120mm fans on a case to cool one of the monster 5000 series cards?

    I have been waiting for this card since the 5xxx series was announced and so has every home theater enthusiast I know. Few of them are gamers and care only about having a good looking PC that can fit in the living room and play their blu-rays and video libraries with the best PQ and AQ.

    As for the article itself - nice going THG. Write an article about a non-gaming card with only gaming benchmarks and tests. Who cares? NOBODY will buy this to play Crysis. How about some video acceleration/CPU use tests with multiple video formats instead? How about getting a non-gamer (unlike the self confessed writer - no offense) who actually knows what we care about?
  • stormvice
    popaholicFor 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.


    Gaming is not everything. Eyefinity support is great for CCTV systems. With a budget card supporting this will make CCTV systems a little more cheaper.