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Radeon HD 5450 Delivers DX11, Eyefinity at $50

Are you envious of computer users with their fancy Radeon GPUs full of fancy DirectX 11 effects and Eyefinity multi-monitor technology, but don't have hundreds of dollars freely floating around? AMD today announced the card that will get you those two technologies for a mere $50.

The ATI Radeon HD 5450 offers 512MB onboard and runs silent thanks to passive cooling. Make no mistake – this card doesn't have the muscle for hardcore 3D gaming, but it is well suited for the home theater PC with support for HDMI 1.3a with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

"The ATI Radeon HD 5450 offers consumers another next-generation graphics product from AMD, and further reinforces our price-performance value at a wide range of price points,” said Matt Skynner, vice president and general manager, AMD Graphics Division. “With the addition of the ATI Radeon HD 5450, home theater enthusiasts and casual gamers have access to cutting-edge features and solid performance at an incredible value.”

As noted in our review, gamers on a tight budget would do better to hold on just a little bit longer for AMD to launch something between the $50 Radeon HD 5450 and the $100 Radeon HD 5670. The company has already indicated that a 5500-series is forthcoming, and it is reasonable to expect such a product to offer higher performance than the Radeon HD 5450 at a lower price than t

he Radeon HD 5670. This is likely to be a far more desirable card for budget gamers interested in a triple-monitor Eyefinity setup.

Read our full review here.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • sliem
    Awesome. I don't need it yet but wait a few months and I might (and also at a lower price).
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  • Zenthar
    Is DX11 even relevant to such an entry-level card? Don't get me wrong, I would probably use this card if I was to build an HTPC, but is there any DX11 feature that is not related to gaming?
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  • Bolbi
    @Zenthar
    The related DirectCompute 11 will almost certainly run on this card. Applications coded to use it will see a great speed gain. So, while DX 11 itself probably is useless at this low end, DC 11 will be a great advantage for the HD 5450 over comparable 4xxx cards.
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  • scione
    I think I have a 3470 I'm tempted to get 2 of these as an upgrade
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  • Grims
    Why does it have a VGA port...eww..
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  • JohnnyLucky
    It's just a simple little card that should work very well in a home theater pc.
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  • xkche
    can i have 1 VGA to games and connect this HD5450 to get the Eyefinity????
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  • tsnorquist
    Very Nice. I hope this comes in a low profile form.
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  • tsnorquist
    Very Nice. I hope this comes in a low profile form for HTPC cases.
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  • Zenthar
    From the images, if you can change the metal bracket and don't need the VGA connector, the card is pretty-much low-profile.
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