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Axle Radeon HD 5450 Review



Testing the Axle Radeon HD 5450 is done the same way as any other graphics card, once through stock speeds with Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Crysis Warhead, Call of Duty Modern Warefare 2, Darkest of Days, Bioshock 2, Just Cause 2, Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.0, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Resident Evil 5, 3DMark 06 Professional, and 3DMark Vantage. MSI Kombuster and Afterburner are used to measure the temperature at load and idle. All of these are then ran again after overclocking to a stable speed. Since this card falls into the low end tier, we use low settings so that performance may be more tolerable than forcing full quality settings on low end cards that were intended for mid and high end cards.



Comparison Boards:



Depending on the quality of the components and a bit of luck, some devices can be pushed further than others. For real overclocking I do not use Catalyst from ATI or Ntune from nVidia as both have low limitations usually. The 5450 was clock locked in most of the common software to Catalyst levels but AMD GPU Clock Tool had no ceiling. Reliability started dropping off after the 780MHz core and 1000MHz memory so that is where I left it for a known stable setting. Fan speed can be adjusted but since there is no fan nothing happens. The heatsink kept the graphics card, at load, at around 53°C. The overclock speeds are approximately 20% on the core and 25% on the memory, tremendous yields especially on passive air cooling.





Maximum Clock Speeds:

Each card has been tested for its maximum stable clock speeds using MSI's Kombuster utility. So far my testing has shown that higher clock speeds may be stable in games where GPU usage does not reach 100%, but will crash within a few minutes using this utility. The reported clock speeds are those that proved stable over a 15 minute test at 1920x1200 8x AA.



  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Metro 2033
  3. Crysis Warhead
  4. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  5. Darkest of Days
  6. Bioshock 2
  7. Just Cause 2
  8. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.0
  9. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  10. Resident Evil 5
  11. 3DMark 06 Professional
  12. 3DMark Vantage
  • Usage:
  1. Temperature

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Far Cry 2
  6. Testing: Metro 2033
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  9. Testing: Darkest of Days
  10. Testing: Bioshock 2
  11. Testing: Just Cause 2
  12. Testing: Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.1
  13. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  14. Testing: Resident Evil 5
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Testing: Temperature
  18. Conclusion
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