Axle Radeon HD 5450 ReviewRHKCommander959 - July 2, 2010
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The Axle Radeon HD 5450 is targeted for a very specific audience - inexpensive performance, low profile systems, low power, and home theater audiences. Gaming is not this card's specialty, but then again it is not supposed to be. For better results I would suggest the 5550 line or if low profile form factors are not needed, then the 5570 or higher would be far better choices on purely the gaming aspect of the market, especially when both the 5450 and 5550 are within the same price range. The DDR3 memory also provides more bandwidth to feed the Cedar core, as 5450s can come with either 512MB or 1GB capacities of either DDR2 or DDR3. 512MB of memory seemed like plenty for the graphics card and the results showed this trend to be true in most of the tests. This card should be plenty for rendering high quality Blu-Ray or DVD movies, office work, cramped or mainstream systems. Full on hardcore gaming it cannot do but casual gaming it can indeed handle.
The Pros and Cons of this card have been mentioned already. The card itself worked flawlessly and the packaging was clean and had decent grammar and spelling. Nothing extra was included but nothing could really be expected for a card of this price point. Plus, it overclocked like a dream and still had great temperatures; the card can also be voltage modified on the uP6101 and uP7706 controllers for even more performance but that is outside the scope of this review. The only con is that a low profile bracket wasn't included, though it is a simple fix with light modification or ordering one online. The card lived up to everything it was meant to be, performed as it should, and worked without any problems. This card would be a solid upgrade path if you are currently hobbled with an IGP on your system.
- Faster DDR3 memory
- Silen operation
- Good temperatures
- Low power consumption
- Low profile design
- Price compared to 5550
- No low profile bracket included