Sapphire ATI Radeon HD5450 - Video Card Review Print E-mail

PCWizKid understands that not everyone is looking for the most extreme fastest video card on the market or willing to spend $400 on the highest end card available from ATI such as the HD5970.  Instead many people just need a upgrade or a replacement for their older video card, or maybe looking to build a HTPC. As a HTPC card, the Sapphire HD5450 specifications are a perfect fit.  It also allows you to do a bit of light gaming.  The best part of the card is its low-profile design and low power consumption.  Thanks to this it only requires a passive heatsink (no fan) to cool it off. Sapphire's latest addition to the HD5000 series DirectX 11 cards with the entry model ATI Radeon HD5450 comes in 512MB or 1GB GDDR3 and has a terrific price point of aprox $50 USD depending on the model you chose.

PCWizKid's Mainstream Test System

- Jetway MA3785GP AM3 MicroATX Motherboard
- AMD Athlon

II X3 435 with stock CPU Cooler
- 2GB DDR3 Kingston HyperX Memory
- SilverStone SG03 Mini Tower Case
- OCZ Mod Extreme PSU
- Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Edition
- Latest ATI Catalyst 10.x Drivers
- (Room Temperature 21C Celcius)

Video Review


Specifications

SKU Number: 11166-00/11166-09(Hyper Memory Support)

I/O Output: DVI-I, DP, VGA

Core clock: 650MHz

Memory Clock: 1600MHz Effective

512MB / 64-bit DDR3 memory interface

PCI-E x16 (PCI-E 2.1) interface

Single slot passive heatsink

Board Dimension: 168mm(W) x 72.87mm(H) x 25(D)mm

Software CrossFire

11166-00-40R/11166-09-40R bundled with Arcsoft SIM HD IM* (*Arcsoft SIM HD IM is a software plug-in for instant messenger software such as MSN).

Features:

Microsoft DirectX 11 Support

ATI Eyefinity Technology, support up to 3 displays.

ATI Stream technology

40nm Process Technology

PCI Express® 2.1 support

Microsoft Windows 7® Support

Enhanced Anisotropic Filtering

Accelerated Video Transcoding

Display Flexibility

HDMI 1.3

Dolby® TrueHD and DTSHD Master AudioTM Support

ATI PowerPlay ™ Technology

ATI Avivo™ Technology Enhanced Unified Video Decoder 2 (UVD 2)***

Supports OpenGL 3.2

ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU technology

ConclusionPCWizKid Recommended

The Sapphire ATI HD5450 video card brings relief to all those currently using integrated video instead of a separate discrete video card looking for the latest features and support.   The requirements are reasonable with a 400Watt PSU , 1GB of system memory and a PCI express 2.0 slot your good to go.  There is no doubt that from a performance standpoint, the Sapphire HD5450 is easily the better card when comparing to the GeForce GT210.  Also the Sapphire HD5450 is the most power efficient cooler card (even with its passive heatsink) PCWizKid has ever tested.  Add the fact that there is no noise from it and you have the perfect card for a HTPC or office PC which is what PCWizKid recommends this for.

 

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