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  • Sapphire Radeon HD5450 Video Card Review
  • Sapphire Radeon HD5450 Video Card Review



    Gaming was a big focus in this review and while it did okay the performance really wasn't there to consider this a good gaming card despite the price range.  The Sapphire Radeon HD5450 showed its ability to handle newer games to the point of being playable, at the expense of detail and screen resolution. Still the marketing spin of using DX11 features and even the awesome Eyefinity is just not right. This card does not have the power to use these kinds of new technologies properly and while it might be supported, if you can't use them why even bother mentioning it? 

    On the flip side for the HTPC user that wants something a little better than integrated graphics and wants to take advantage of video streaming and the HD decoding features of the HD5450 this Sapphire card might be a perfect match.  The same could be said of a business application where 3D performance isn't a primary function.  Instead you can use the dual monitor ability and Stream Processing to enhance your desktop and increase productivity.
    The Sapphire Radeon HD5450 has many uses that can work out for lots of users. Then also take into consideration that the Radeon HD5450 can be run in CrossFire for some extra, low powered, goodness later. 
    Good Things
    Small form factor to work in any type of case environment
    Better performance than most integrated graphics
    Eyefinity for using multiple monitors at a time for gaming
    Low heat and power consumption
    Able to game at lower resolutions and setting
    Great for budget HTPC setups
    Bad Things
    Claiming the ability to use DirectX 11 features
    Lack of a Display Port
    Claiming to us Eyefinity without the horsepower to back it up
    Sapphire Radeon HD5450 Video Card Review

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