Phouchg, on 13 February 2013 - 21:54, said:
5450 is the worst possible choice you could make - a vastly inferior card in all respects. HD 5570 or GT 630 would be a notch or two over IGP.
And do you actually own (or have you ever used) an HD5450?
While the HD5450 does deserve SOME scorn (after all, it IS a notebook-based GPU in desktop clothing), look at what it offers in term of bang for buck merely today (despite it being far older than even Intel's HD3000 graphics core in the original i5-2500K):
1. Unlike most GPUs targeted for HTPCs, it doesn't need auxilliary power (most don't even require fans!), AND it takes up but a single PCIe x16 slot.
2. It is Hack-duty ready (in fact, OS X Lion and Mountain Lion support it directly, and is easily patchable to support not only Snow Leopard, but even Leopard) - how many GPUs of its age can make that claim?
3. It is also the lowest-priced discrete GPU that supports DX11 directly - until HD4000 came about, no onboard GPU in any Intel CPU could make that claim.
Yes; HD5450 is old. Two generations old. (I've had mine nearly from Launch Day - the Visiontek HD5450 single-slot fanless model with 512MB of GDDR3.) I've done everything that is possible with it - I've even played the Crysis 2 *and* Crysis 3 MP betas on it; lower resolutions, but quite doable. (Not many IGPs - even of today - can do that.)
Not everything is about high-end, or even middle-end, gaming.
While HD7xxx *is* of more recent vintage (HD7750 takes up part of that space today), even HD7750 is not exactly a single-slot solution from most AIBs (despite it only requiring what power comes over the PCI-E bus). If you truly need a single-slot GPU upgrade, HD5450, despite it being long in the tooth, can indeed be the pill to fix your graphical ills.