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Gigabyte GV-R545OC Radeon HD 5450

gigabyte radeon 5450Gigabyte has sent us their version of the Radeon HD 5450. The HD 5450 is in direct competition to the Nvidia Geforce 210. But cards will set you back less than $50. Neither card is going to make you run out and buy them. But if you are in the market for a ultra quiet better than iGPU than I would suggest you take a look at this new card from Gigabyte. Today, we will give you a head start at seeing just what the HD 5450 has to offer.

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gigabyte radeon 5450Gigabyte has sent us their version of the Radeon HD 5450. The HD 5450 is in direct competition to the Nvidia Geforce 210. But cards will set you back less than $50. Neither card is going to make you run out and buy them. But if you are in the market for a ultra quiet better than iGPU than I would suggest you take a look at this new card from Gigabyte. Today, we will give you a head start at seeing just what the HD 5450 has to offer.

Introduction to the Gigabyte Radeon HD 5450

In recent visits to a lot of the big techie forums I have seen the reaction to new graphic cards coming market all based on how well it would play the newest games. This is a great to measure if you wish jump on the bandwagon to having to have the newest baddest card on the market. Then I saw a thread on a forum where a person posted about the upcoming Radeon HD 5450 video card. One post downed the card because he/she believed it would not play games too well. But honestly can you judge a card like the HD 5450 on how well it could play Mass Effect 2?

One should be smart enough to know that not all graphic cards are aimed at the next great FPS. Video cards are broken down into segments just like anything else. There is the gamer, the graphic workstation owner and many others that have a GPU aimed at them. In the case of the Radeon HD 5450, we could possibly have the best home theater GPU on the market.

The HD 5450 has all the base characteristics of the earlier HD 57xx/58xx. We are not talking about maxing out the screen resolution on your 30 inch monitor or shooting for 100 FPS in Crysis. I am talking about DirectX 11 support, 1080P through HDMI 1.3a and tweaking video through AVIVO.

Gigabyte has sent us their version of the Radeon HD 5450. The HD 5450 is in direct competition to the Nvidia Geforce 210. But cards will set you back less than $50. Neither card is going to make you run out and buy them. But if you are in the market for a ultra quiet better than iGPU than I would suggest you take a look at this new card from Gigabyte. Today, we will give you a head start at seeing just what the HD 5450 has to offer.

 

Specifications

  • ChipsetATI Radeon HD 5450
    Core Clock700 MHz
    Mem Clock1600 MHz
    Memory512MB
    Memory Bus64 bit
    Memory TypeDDR 3
    Card dimensionLow profile with ATX bracket
    Bus TypePCI-E 2.1
    Bus Speedx16
    D-SUBYes
    TV-OUTNo
    DVI PortYes
    VIVONo
    Multi ViewYes
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Features

  • Powered by Radeon HD 5450 GPU
  • Supports PCI Express 2.1
  • Microsoft DirectX 11 and OpenGL 3.1 support
  • Integrated with the first 512MB DDR3 memory and 64-bit memory interface
  • Supports CrossFireX™ and Avivo™HD technology
  • Features Dual-link DVI-I / D-sub / HDMI

Closer look

To get thing started we have to begin with the specs of the new card from AMD. Beginning with the 700MHz core clock along with the 900MHz memory clock. The core clock is slightly pre-pverclocked above the reference 650. The Cedar chip has 292 million transistors, two texture units and 80 stream processors. If this dos scream entry level I don’t know what does.

Describing the Radeon 5450 will be short and quick as there isn’t too much to say about it visually. Sitting atop of blue PCB is a small low spinning heatsink. This is all possible due to the low power of the card. The reference AMD card has a large red passive heatsink attached to it. I am a fan of the Gigabyte here. We will see a lot of these cards is small cases and enclosure structures so we do not have to worry about heat build up inside the cases.

Also a result of the low power output there is no need for the ever famous power connector we see in many of the higher end cards. Also missing is the typical Crossfire bridge connector.

There are three ways to get the most out of the HD 5450: HDMI, DVI and the aged VGA. You may have noticed the VGA and the gray cable connecting it to the rest of the board. This is to allow for the low profile bracket to be used in smaller than normal cases. This would also mean that you would lose the Eyefinity feature as well.

 

Testing Hardware:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP55A-UD6
Processor: Intel Core i7 860 @ 3.8GHz at 1.38 volts
Ram: G-Skill ECO PC12800 4GB Dual Channel
Video Card: XFX HD 4770
HDD: Seagate 7200.11
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: NA
Cooling: Noctua D14
OS: Windows XP SP3
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5

Testing Software:
Futuremark 3DMark06 Pro
Sierra Entertainment F.E.A.R. (Builtin demo – Settings on Highest)
Devil May Cry 4 (Built-in benchmark – DirectX 10 – High Setting)
World in Conflict (Builtin demo – Highest setting)
Resident Evil 5
Street Fighter
OCCT
Watts Up

Drivers:
Windows Seven RC
ATI Cat 9.8

Futuremark 3D Vantage
3DMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX10 performance of your graphics card. We’ve been making 3DMark for over 10 years, with each new edition using the latest 3D technology to determine real-world performance.

A 3DMark score is an overall measure of your system’s 3D gaming capabilities, based on comprehensive real-time 3D graphics and processor tests. By comparing your score with those submitted by millions of other gamers you can see how your gaming rig performs, making it easier to choose the most effective upgrades or finding other ways to optimize your system.

3DMark is widely used by the PC industry, press and media as well as individual users and gamers, for comparing performance levels between whole systems or even specific components.

Maxon Cinebench
CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses your computer’s performance capabilities. MAXON CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
We are glad to present you a special version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat Having your PC tested with benchmark you will be able to get detailed information about its performance on various graphical modes and find out how well your system is balanced for gaming and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat in particular.

This benchmark is based on one of the ingame locations – Pripyat . The testing process includes four stages, those utilizing various weather and time of the day settings (day, night, rain, bright sun). In order to test your system thoroughly the benchmark is provided with a number of presets and options including different versions of DirectX (9.0, 10.0, 11), screen resolutions, antialiasing etc, all at your disposal.

Stalker

Devil May Cry 4 (Built-in benchmark – DirectX 10 – High Setting)
Long ago the Dark Knight Sparda rebelled against the dark emperor and waged a one-man war to save humanity. Thousands of years later, a religious organization worships this renowned savior and has taken it upon themselves to rid the world of all evil. Residing in Fortuna, this organization is known as the “Order of the Sword,” and is made up of an elite group of “Holy Knights.” One day, a young knight named Nero witnesses Sparda’s legendary son Dante slaughter his fellow warriors. Has the renowned devil hunter turned his back on mankind? What does the encounter mean for these two individuals?

  

 

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Unigine DirectX 11
New benchmark grants the power to unleash the DirectX 11 potential in the gift wrapping of impressively towering graphics capabilities. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. With the interactive mode emerging experience of exploring the intricate world is ensured within reach. Through its advanced renderer, Unigine is one of the first to set precedence in showcasing the art assets with tessellation, bringing compelling visual finesse, utilizing the technology to the full extend and exhibiting the possibilities of enriching 3D gaming.

Capcom Resident Evil 5 (Builtin demo – 4x setting)
Capcom officially announced Resident Evil 5 on July 20, 2005. Jun Takeuchi, the director of Onimusha and producer of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, took over producer duties from Hiroyuki Kobayashi. Keiji Inafune, who served as promotional producer for Resident Evil 2 and executive producer for the PlayStation 2 version of Resident Evil 4, oversaw the project.[26] In February 2007, members of Capcom’s Clover Studio were also called upon to help develop the game.

Capcom Street Fighter 4
All the characters and environments in Street Fighter IV are rendered as 3D models with polygons, similar to the Street Fighter EX sub-series Capcom produced with Arika. However, there are a couple of key differences. Art director and character designer Daigo Ikeno, who previously worked on Street Fighter III 3rd Strike, added cel-shading to give them a hand-drawn look, with visual effects accented in calligraphic strokes, ink smudges and ink sprays during the fights.

Conclusion

Gigabyte has embarked into the world of people that are looking for the best product at the best price for building a home theater PC. Not everyone is looking for a beast of a video card but something that will give them the visual images they want across their LCD monitors and televisions. The awesomeness that you will see from the 1080P resolution and the audibles you get from the Dolby TrueHD and DTS Audio is great and pleasing.

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Gaming on such a card would not be the most pleasing you would have ever experienced but we fill that if you are on a budget and can only afford to get one, you can always Crossfire a second one at a later time. We are not saying that can’t game on the HD 5450 but only in moderation. Lightly intensive games like WoW would fairly well until you get on a busy server.

At $50 you can’t beat what the HD5450 has to offer especially when comparing it to the looks of the Nvidia 210.

Honestly, this HD 5450 has found a place in my home media server and I would like to thank Gigabyte for the opportunity to review this card.We rewarded this card the best value for its price. And a must have for the right person using it as it should be.

 

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