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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

Video Card Testing Methodology

This is the beginning of a new era for testing at Benchmark Reviews. With the remarkably quick adoption rate of Windows7, and given the prolonged and extensive pre-release testing that occurred on a global scale, there are compelling reasons to switch all testing to this new, and highly anticipated, operating system. Overall performance levels of Windows 7 have been favorably compared to Windows XP, and there is solid support for the 64-bit version, something enthusiasts have been anxiously awaiting for several years.

Our site polls and statistics indicate that the over 90% of our visitors use their PC for playing video games, and practically every one of you are using a screen resolutions mentioned above. Since all of the benchmarks we use for testing represent different game engine technology and graphic rendering processes, this battery of tests will provide a diverse range of results for you to gauge performance on your own computer system. All of the benchmark applications are capable of utilizing DirectX 10, and that is how they were tested. Some of these benchmarks have been used widely for DirectX 9 testing in the XP environment, and it is critically important to differentiate between results obtained with different versions. Each game behaves differently in DX9 and DX10 formats. Crysis is an extreme example, with frame rates in DirectX 10 only about half what was available in DirectX 9.

At the start of all tests, the previous display adapter driver is uninstalled and trace components are removed using Driver Cleaner Pro. We then restart the computer system to establish our display settings and define the monitor. Once the hardware is prepared, we begin our testing. According to the Steam Hardware Survey published at the time of Windows 7 launch, the most popular gaming resolution is 1280x1024 (17-19" standard LCD monitors) closely followed by 1024x768 (15-17" standard LCD). Given the mainstream user base that this card is aimed at, we limited our testing to 1280x1024 and the commonly encountered wide-screen format of 1680x1050 (20-22" wide-screen LCD). Even at these modest resolutions, our low-end cards that we dug out of storage struggled mightily with the modern game titles we normally test with.

Each benchmark test program begins after a system restart, and the very first result for every test will be ignored since it often only caches the test. This process proved extremely important in the World in Conflict benchmarks, as the first run served to cache maps allowing subsequent tests to perform much better than the first. Each test is completed five times, the high and low results are discarded, and the average of the three remaining results is displayed in our article.

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Test System

  • Motherboard: ASUS M4A79T Deluxe (2205 BIOS)
  • System Memory: 2X 2GB OCZ Reaper HPC DDR3 1600MHz (7-7-7-24)
  • Processor: AMD Phenom II 720 Black Edition (Overclocked to 3.8 GHz)
  • CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper Z600
  • Video: ATI Radeon HD5450, Engineering Sample
  • Drive 1: OCZ Summit SSD, 60GB
  • Optical Drive: Sony NEC Optiarc AD-7190A-OB 20X IDE DVD Burner
  • Enclosure: CM STORM Sniper Gaming Case
  • PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TX ATX12V V2.2 750Watt
  • Monitor: SOYO 24"; Widescreen LCD Monitor (DYLM24E6) 1920X1200
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate Version 6.1 (Build 7600)

Benchmark Applications

  • 3DMark Vantage v1.0.1 (8x Anti Aliasing & 16x Anisotropic Filtering)
  • Crysis v1.21 Benchmark (High Settings, 0x and 4x Anti-Aliasing)
  • Devil May Cry 4 Benchmark Demo (Ultra Quality, 8x MSAA)
  • Far Cry 2 v1.02 (Very High Performance, Ultra-High Quality, 8x Anti-Aliasing)
  • Resident Evil 5 (8x Anti-Aliasing, Motion Blur ON, Quality Levels-High)

Video Card Test Products

Product Series

Foxconn GeForce 8400GS (8400GS-256)

ATI Radeon HD5450 (Mfr. Sample)

EVGA GeForce 8600GT (256-P2-N751-TR)

ATI Radeon HD5670 (Mfr. Sample)

MSI Radeon HD4830 (R4830 T2D512)

XFX Radeon HD5750 (HD-575X-ZN)

Stream Processors

16

80

32

400

640

720

Core Clock (MHz)

450

650

540

775

585

700

Shader Clock (MHz)

900

N/A

1180

N/A

N/A

N/A

Memory Clock (MHz)

800

800

700

1000

900

1150

Memory Amount

256MB - GDDR2

512MB - GDDR3

256MB-GDDR3

51MB-GDDR5

512MB-GDDR5

1024MB - GDDR5

Memory Interface

64-bit

64-bit

128-bit

128-Bit

256-Bit

128-bit

  • Foxconn GeForce 8400GS (8400GS-256 Forceware v195.62 WHQL)
  • ATI Radeon HD5450 (Mfr. Sample Catalyst 8.69 RC3)
  • EVGA GeForce 8600GT (256-P2-N751-TR Forceware v195.62 WHQL)
  • ATI Radeon HD5670 (Mfr. Sample Catalyst 8.69 RC3)
  • MSI Radeon HD4830 (R4830 T2D512 Catalyst 8.69_RC3)
  • XFX Radeon HD5750 (HD-575X-ZN Catalyst 8.69_RC3)

Now we're ready to begin testing video game performance these video cards, so please continue to the next page where we start off with our 3DMark Vantage results.



 

Comments 

 
# 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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