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XFX HD 5450 Review


Closer Look:

XFX has included a drivers disc and an easy to follow installation guide to help you though the software installation process. To get started the first thing you will need to do is insert the disc into the drive and wait a few seconds for it to auto run. After it has started, the first window that you see is a welcome screen that thanks you for purchasing your product from XFX. The next screen performs a quick system check of your hardware. Once this is finished, the disc will either allow you to connect to the XFX website for up-to-date software or finish the installation using the software on the disc. If you chose to get the newer drivers that are available you will first have go though an online registration. After you have completed the online form the drivers will then become available.



















During the initial installation there are a few options that allow you to view the quick installation guide, manual and technology features for the graphics card. Each menu is a PDF file saved on the installation disc that can be accessed anytime the disc is in the drive.



The actual installation of the drivers is done though the ATI Catalyst install manager. This is an easy to use tool that quickly guides you though the installation process from start to finish. This install manager can either be set to automatically install all drivers that are included or you can chose to do the more advanced manual install. If manual is chosen, you will be presented with a list of drivers, with each having a selectable box on the left side. The most important drivers cannot be changed, however there are some drivers and additional software that you can opt not to install on your system. Once the selection has been made, the installation process starts and and finishes on its own. After all drivers are installed the system will need to cycle though a restart before all changes will take effect.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look: (Drivers & Programs)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  6. Testing: Far Cry 2
  7. Testing: Metro 2033
  8. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  9. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  10. Testing: Darkest of Days
  11. Testing: Bioshock 2
  12. Testing: Just Cause 2
  13. Testing: Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.0
  14. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  15. Testing: Resident Evil 5
  16. Testing: 3DMark 06
  17. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  18. Testing: Temperature
  19. Testing: Power Consumption
  20. Conclusion
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