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Written by Bruce Normann   
Thursday, 04 February 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ATI Radeon HD5450 HTPC Video Card
Radeon HD5450 Features
Radeon HD5450 Specifications
Closer Look: Radeon HD 5450
Radeon HD5450 Detailed Features
ATI Eyefinity Multi-Monitors
Video Card Testing Methodology
3DMark Vantage Benchmarks
Crysis Benchmark Results
Devil May Cry 4 Benchmark
Far Cry 2 Benchmarks
Resident Evil 5 Benchmarks
ATI Radeon HD5450 Temperature
VGA Power Consumption
Radeon HD5450 Final Thoughts
ATI Radeon HD5450 Conclusion

Radeon HD5450 Features

The feature set of the ATI HD5450 video card is nearly identical to the entire HD5xxx series. The important differences are all related to the fact that the HD5450 chip is half the size of the HD5670, with half the transistors and a small fraction of the processing power. For those who first saw the monster version of this graphic at the launch of the 58xx series, it's amazing how little is left in the center of the diagram; only 2 SIMD Engines with a total of 80 Stream Processors. Rest assured; the architecture diagram may have gotten smaller, but the feature list hasn't shrunk at all.

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ATI Radeon HD 5450 GPU Feature Summary

  • 292 million 40nm transistors
  • TeraScale 2 Unified Processing Architecture
    • 80 Stream Processing Units
    • 8 Texture Units
    • 16 Z/Stencil ROP Units
    • 4 Color ROP Units
  • GDDR2/3 memory interface
  • PCI Express 2.1 x16 bus interface
  • DirectX 11 support
    • Shader Model 5.0
    • DirectCompute11
    • Programmable hardware tessellation unit
    • Accelerated multi-threading
    • HDR texture compression
    • Order-independent transparency
  • OpenGL 3.2 support1
  • Image quality enhancement technology
    • Up to 24x multi-sample and super-sample anti-aliasing modes
    • Adaptive anti-aliasing
    • 16x angle independent anisotropic texture filtering
    • 128-bit floating point HDR rendering
  • ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology2,3
    • Three independent display controllers - Drive three displays simultaneously with independent resolutions, refresh rates, color controls, and video overlays
    • Display grouping - Combine multiple displays to behave like a single large display
  • ATI Stream acceleration technology
    • OpenCL 1.0 compliant
    • DirectCompute11
    • Accelerated video encoding, transcoding, and upscaling4,5
    • Native support for common video encoding instructions
  • ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU technology6
    • Dual GPU scaling
  • ATI Avivo HD Video & Display technology7
    • UVD 2 dedicated video playback accelerator
    • Advanced post-processing and scaling8
    • Dynamic contrast enhancement and color correction
    • Brighter whites processing (blue stretch)
    • Independent video gamma control
    • Dynamic video range control
    • Support for H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2
    • Dual-stream 1080p playback support9,10
    • DXVA 1.0 & 2.0 support
    • Integrated dual-link DVI output with HDCP11
      • Max resolution: 2560x160012
    • Integrated DisplayPort output
      • Max resolution: 2560x160012
    • Integrated HDMI 1.3 output with Deep Color, xvYCC wide gamut support, and high bit-rate audio
      • Max resolution: 1920x120012
    • Integrated VGA output
      • Max resolution: 2048x153612
    • 3D stereoscopic display/glasses support13
    • Integrated HD audio controller
      • Output protected high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI with no additional cables required
      • Supports AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats
  • ATI PowerPlayTM power management technology7
    • Dynamic power management with low power idle state
    • Ultra-low power state support for multi-GPU configurations
  • Certified drivers for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP
  1. Driver support scheduled for release in 2010
  2. Driver version 8.66 (Catalyst 9.10) or above is required to support ATI Eyefinity technology and to enable a third display you require one panel with a DisplayPort connector
  3. ATI Eyefinity technology works with games that support non-standard aspect ratios which is required for panning across three displays
  4. Requires application support for ATI Stream technology
  5. Digital rights management restrictions may apply
  6. ATI CrossFireX technology requires an ATI CrossFireX Ready motherboard, an ATI CrossFireX Bridge Interconnect for each additional graphics card) and may require a specialized power supply
  7. ATI PowerPlay, ATI Avivo and ATI Stream are technology platforms that include a broad set of capabilities offered by certain ATI Radeon HD GPUs. Not all products have all features and full enablement of some capabilities and may require complementary products
  8. Upscaling subject to available monitor resolution
  9. Blu-ray or HD DVD drive and HD monitor required
  10. Requires Blu-ray movie disc supporting dual 1080p streams
  11. Playing HDCP content requires additional HDCP ready components, including but not limited to an HDCP ready monitor, Blu-ray or HD DVD disc drive, multimedia application and computer operating system.
  12. Some custom resolutions require user configuration
  13. Requires 3D Stereo drivers, glasses, and display

Now that we've confirmed that the 5450 is not missing any important features, let's look at the hardware specifications in detail.



 

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# CompitableBhavesh Patel 2011-10-20 20:09
is ATI Radeon HD5450 compitable with intel dual core 2.8 Ghz processor ?
Please reply as early as possible
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# RE: CompitableOlin Coles 2011-10-20 21:17
Yes. All video cards are compatible with all processors. Just make sure the motherboard has a PCI-Express graphics slot.
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# RE: ATI Radeon HD5450 HTPC Video Cardmahmod 2012-03-08 07:50
how to make sure the mother board has a pci-slot?
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# Open up the box and look inside.Bruce 2012-03-08 08:29
Wikipedia has some good pictures on the PCI Express page that show what they look like
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# RE: ATI Radeon HD5450 HTPC Video CardHanzyy 2012-04-24 07:43
Is is good foor games?Will it play them fast? I don't know so much about hardware and stuff...
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# Not so muchBruce 2012-04-24 07:50
This card is on the low end of discrete graphics.
It's really better suited to a Home Theater PC.
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# Fan connectorRoger 2012-06-01 17:01
I see there is what looks like a fan connector on the card - is this correct and if so what would be the power specs for a fan?
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# YesBruce 2012-06-02 11:12
If you look at some of the other HD 5450 cards out on the market (Newegg has 34 models for sale, 2+ years after launch...!) you wll see that many of them have active cooling, with a fan plugged into this very same header. It's only two pins, so don't expect PWM or anything, just straight DC with no speed monitoring.
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# RE: Fan connectorTaimur 2013-02-05 10:52
The PCI slot has to have the little gap thing, the oppisite way around that does the graphics card have so for instance -- ---- and ---- -- and most of all if the the ports on the graphics card are pointing toward the outside, etc.
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# Re Fan ConnectorRoger 2012-06-02 18:10
Thanks for that Bruce,

Just to clarify such a connected fan would be of similar size and watts etc. to an inbuilt one?

Like I have a spare fan DC 12v 0.11A which is probably ok and another which is DC 12v 0.70A which is probably too powerful?
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# Yes, again....Bruce 2012-06-03 06:58
That's the idea. It's not going to be an exact science, but most fans that are small enough and thin enough to fit on that card's heatsink will be fine. I've been assuming that you want to cool the GPU on the HD 5450 with this fan... right?
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# Thats right Bruce...Roger 2012-06-03 22:01
I figure one cannot have enough fans (especially where I live in the tropics) so I might as well use a spare fan to play on the heatsink. The card will be on the bottom of the mobo with the heat sink facing down so I will mount the fan on the case bottom facing up to the heatsink.

Thanks again
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# RE: ATI Radeon HD5450 HTPC Video Cardjex2013 2013-03-05 18:43
I badly needed an htpc graphic card for my htpc. I am really having a hard time choosing because i really don't have any idea with these kind of things. But anyways, you're post is quite helpful. Thanks!
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# REPLY PLZZZAMINLRB 2013-03-08 13:33
IS THIS CARD GOOD FOR HIGH RESOLUTIO GAMED
REPLY SOOOOON PLEASE
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# No, It's NotBruce 2013-03-08 14:02
It is not good for high resolution games.
It was designed for HTPC use, which is much less demanding.
Plus, it was released three years ago, that's a LONG time in video card history. Why are you interested in it now? Can you even buy one in your location?
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