TechSpot: ATI Radeon HD 5450 Review

Since releasing the first Radeon HD 5000 series graphics card some four months ago, AMD has continued its assault on Nvidia with an army of new models. Following the Radeon HD 5870 came the 5850, 5770, 5750, 5970 and most recently the 5670, while today yet another new product is set to make its first appearance.

The new Radeon HD 5450, code-named Cedar Pro, will be the most affordable graphics card belonging to the HD 5000 series. This is also the first on AMD’s latest wave of graphics products to do away with GDDR5 memory, replacing it with older GDDR3. Naturally, the Radeon HD 5450 is not designed exclusively for 3D gaming and certain versions will support advanced features such as Eyefinity.

The Radeon HD 5450 is stepping in to replace the Radeon HD 4350 graphics card which currently retails for as little as $35 - $40 (512MB) and $45 - $50 (1GB). AMD expects to ask between $50 - 60 for the new HD 5450, but we believe those prices should settle down a little closer to the levels of the older HD 4350 when old inventory is depleted.

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So it's basically a rebadge of the radeon 43/4500? How lazy of amd. They could've atleast added a few more functional units to justify giving it a new number instead of pulling an nvidia and just rebadging it.

Blackhearted said,
So it's basically a rebadge of the radeon 43/4500? How lazy of amd. They could've atleast added a few more functional units to justify giving it a new number instead of pulling an nvidia and just rebadging it.

Yep, it's a rebadge with a new GPU, new architecture and different memory? Oh wait, that's not a rebadge.

bob_c_b said,
Yep, it's a rebadge with a new GPU, new architecture and different memory? Oh wait, that's not a rebadge.
Hm, lets see.. New GPU? Not really. Seems exactly the same spec wise, the only difference is a die shrink and a clock difference that's too small to matter with cards this slow. New architecture? Not really. The 5000 series is, more or less, the 4000 series with directx 11(and maybe a few small tweaks). Amd didn't spring for a whole new architecture this gen(that will most likely be for the next one). And different memory? Seems like the same ddr3 that was on the 4500 to me. Oh wait, it IS the same memory.


Whether you agree or not this is similar to say... the geforce 210, for example. Same specs, and same performance as the previous low end, but with a new dx version just tacked on and a die shrink.

Edited by Blackhearted, Feb 4 2010, 6:09pm :

Blackhearted said,
Hm, lets see.. New GPU? Not really. Seems exactly the same spec wise, the only difference is a die shrink and a clock difference that's too small to matter with cards this slow. New architecture? Not really. The 5000 series is, more or less, the 4000 series with directx 11(and maybe a few small tweaks). Amd didn't spring for a whole new architecture this gen(that will most likely be for the next one). And different memory? Seems like the same ddr3 that was on the 4500 to me. Oh wait, it IS the same memory.


Whether you agree or not this is similar to say... the geforce 210, for example. Same specs, and same performance as the previous low end, but with a new dx version just tacked on and a die shrink.

Umm... this is meant for HTPCs where having HD bitstreaming is what's really important.

Strawmouth Pete said,
I'm not familiar with card wars.
What kind of competition are we going to see when Nvidia releases their new cards?

When.. what?

midosm.com said,
Can you run 3 monitors direct off the card?

Usually only 1 digital and 1 analog. So choose between the DVI or HDMI.

Arctirus said,
Did you ever stop to think that gamers aren't the intended market? This is a perfect card for htpcs, especially the passive cooled version.

Thank you, was about to post this very point.