Authour: James 'caveman-jim' Prior
Editor: Charles 'Lupine' Oliver
Date: February 4th, 2010
The small form factor is sure to appeal to system builders and OEM's alike, as the budding nettop market cries out for powerful low power add-in boards to process media and movies in high definition. The HD 5450 has that covered, with its support for hardware accelerated MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and Flash video (amongst others) granting low power platform and CPU's a much needed boost.
DirectX 11 brings DirectCompute, a programmable interface for leveraging the massively parallel architecture of modern GPU's. The HD 5450 supports Windows 7's native drag and drop transcode support for Windows Foundation Media, using AMD's DirectCompute D'n'D driver (included with Catalyst drivers under Windows 7) to offload and speed up the process from your processor.
The results show this card is not for budget gamers looking for the highest quality visuals, but is better suited for casual gamers, not interested in the latest hit titles but perhaps more diverse time passing recreational or children's franchise games, or educational titles.
That anodised aluminum heatsink is heavier than it looks!
Continued support for AMD's ATI Eyefinity technology is building, with certified applications and peripherals being added. The possibilities for home or office productivity that the HD 5450 unleashes are quite impressive - it is now possible to get more screen real estate in a more flexible configuration for cheaper than with single, large, expensive displays.
Upgrading your onboard or old entry level desktop graphics board to the AMD ATi Radeon HD 5450 expands your PC into a fully feature productivity and multi-media machine, able to be the rich center of your online and multi-media life.
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