Sapphire Radeon HD 5450 Video Card Review :: Gaming

02-04-2010 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

I should state that the card is not an enthusiast video card as it is designed to work in a low-profile computer without active cooling. Having said that, the vast majority of games on the market are not like Mass Effect 2 or Battlefield Bad Company 2 which was recently released and will be released shortly respectively. The card does play RPGs, casual games great.

The first game I played on the HD 5450 was Left 4 Dead, one of the older games. L4D is still very popular as L4D2 was released late last year to a lot of accolades. The game played well on the HD 5450 with 1280x1024 resolutions fully playable. The survival horror genre has been around for years and playing the game was mostly enjoyable at that resolution.

Tom Clancy’s HAWX is a typical example of a game designed to use DirectX 10 graphics. Frame rates in this game are generally high unless in a major battle on most video cards. The RADEON HD 5450 played this game ok with 1280x1024 being playable without turning on anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering. The game slowed down when the action was intense but it was playable.

Dirt 2 is one of the first games to support DirectX 11. As the HD 5450 is the low end of the totem pole when it comes to DirectX 11 cards I do not expect high frame rates. The game has two render paths a DirectX 9 one and a DirectX 11 one. The DirectX 11 one has better animation and tessellation applied to the geometry inside the game. The HD 5450 played the game smoothly at 1280x1024 with no AA and no AF.


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