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PowerColor Radeon HD 5450 AX5450 1GBK3-SHEV4 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 CrossFireX Support Low Profile Video Card

  • 1GB 64-Bit DDR3
  • Core Clock 650 MHz
  • 1 x DL-DVI-D 1 x HDMI
  • 80 Stream Processors
  • PCI Express 2.1

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PowerColor HD5450 Go! Green series comes with Radeon HD 5450 GPU and offers environmentally friendly and power efficient for consumers. It features stealth like silence and low power consumption, providing a cost efficient and silent entertainment solution.

With full range support of DirectX 11 and Windows 7, Go! Green HD5450 series provides a stunning high-definition entertainment experience from Blu-ray playing or other HD resources. Also, with the support of AMD stream technology, Go! Green HD5450 allows GPU to work with CPU to accelerate applications beyond just graphics, but also enables a faster and easier daily application experience.

Furthermore, PowerColor also offers exclusive Go! Green HD5450 solution that supports Eyefinity technology, enables multi-display capabilities and expands your visual world up to two displays through a single card. You will be able to watch more and get more done at the same time.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/25/2015 11:18:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDecent card

Pros: Inexpensive and it works.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I bought a PowerColor Go! Green Radeon HD 5450 (Cedar) AX5450 1GBK3-SH 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 and a SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 at about the same time. After taking into account the rebates (both had one) the PowerColor was about 1/2 the Sapphire at the time I bought them.

They both come with AMD drivers and Catalyst Control Center which you can use to check clock settings and temperature, among other things. The PowerColor card supports the AMD function that will automatically test and set a recommended GPU and memory clock settings. That feature didn't appear on the display for the Sapphire card.

The AMD Overdrive choice for the PowerColor was about 20% higher on the GPU and 10% higher than the defaults. But when I left it there one of the displays flickered every couple of seconds so I set it back to the factory default.
You can set both cards' gpu and memory clock settings manually. The default GPU clocks are about the same; the Sapphire's default memory clock is about 50% higher than the PowerColor's.

I hooked up two 24 inch monitors via the dvi and hdmi connections and ran a movie on each using VLC. GPU usage on both cards never exceeded 60%. Temperatures on the PowerColor got up to about 70c, on the Sapphire about 60c. Neither card seemed to affect my overall system temperature.

I found this comment on one of the AMD overdrive info pages you can display from the Catalyst Control Center - Performance - AMD Overdrive page:

CAUTION: If a GPU is being used at or close to its maximum capabilities, or if the card is running close to 110ºC, do not increase the GPU or memory clock speeds.

I take this to mean that whether a card runs at 60 or 70 or even 80 degrees C you don't have much to worry about. I'd guess hard core gamers aren't going to be much interested in cards using this chipset anyway. People using office automation programs, email, videos, etc. probably won't find much difference between the two.

Packaging-wise the PowerColor was the more staid of the two, emphasizing its "Advanced Green Technology" though I couldn't find any details on what that meant. The Sapphire, on the other hand, had a picture of a young girl (like one out of a game) striking an aggressive pose, rail gun rifle in her left hand, right fist clenched and extended, chest thrust out of her see-through crop top warrior vest. She looks tres formidable.

Rebates: 10 days after I mailed the PowerColor form in I received an email saying it was approved and would be mailed in 5-7 weeks. I haven't mailed the Sapphire form yet.

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  • Robin B.
  • 8/24/2015 12:22:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOk card with short lifespan.

Pros: * Low Price
* Easy Install / Driver Update
* HDMI Output

Cons: * No Fan / Card Gets Fairly Hot
* Short Lifespan / Approx 1 Year

Other Thoughts: I purchased this card for my wife's PC, which only sees around an hour of use a day at most. After approximately one year of use, this card started causing errors and random reboots. Once I removed the card, the PC operates as it should. For the price, I can't complain too much.

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2 out of 5 eggsDDR3 runs below Spec

Pros: I own multiple AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5450 cards from Sapphire, XFX and PowerColor. All the cards meet my needs (I'm not a gamer). My heaviest demand is Windows Media Center (MCE).

Other than the amount of DDR3 RAM, I thought the cards would be identical. Boy was I wrong.

I am posting my results, comparing the three vendors.

Cons: The Sapphire (I own two) and PowerColor have 1GB of DDR3. The XFX has 512MB of DDR3. Using CPUID HWMonitor all four card cores run at 650 MHz.
The DDR3 on the two Sapphire cards run at 667 MHz (above spec); the XFX DDR3 at 533 MHz (at spec); the PowerColor DDR3 at 400 MHz (below spec). All the cards are 64 bit, so card specs double the MHz.

The Sapphire and XFX reduce the core and DDR3 MHz under light load (to reduce power and heat). The PowerColor remains constant at 650 and 400 MHz.

Running the same (real life) workload (Windows MCE), the Sapphire utilization is ~28%; the XFX ~58%; the PowerColor ~60%.
The Sapphire operates at ~47C; the XFX ~43C; the PowerColor ~49C.
From visual inspection, the Sapphire has the largest heat sync (it wraps around the card). The XFX heat sync is smaller (only extends above the card). The PowerColor has the smallest heat sync.

Windows Experience Index (Desktop Graphics, and 3D Business and Gaming): Sapphire (4.5 and 6.1); XFX* (2.7 and 5.4); PowerColor (3.4 and 5.7). * Note the XFX card only has half the DDR3.

Other Thoughts: By nearly every metric I measured, the Sapphire is the best; the XFX a near second (given equal DDR3); the PowerColor a distant third.

I rate only two Eggs mostly because the DDR3 is not to Spec.

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  • David M.
  • 7/28/2015 12:22:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks so far.

Pros: it will boot. with no config. depends on how your system is after that as to what you going to get out of it. needed it for a NAS interface. works perfect so far.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: i wish i could rebate more than just the one. it's all i bought so it came up to 8.97 when i get done with rebate...will re post when done with.

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5 out of 5 eggsBudget minded card

Pros: I bought this card for a desktop kiosk machine at work. the machine is used for web browsing. It fits the small case without issue. I received the rebate so this was a great deal.

Cons: This card is not going to play current games at high detail.

Other Thoughts: Before you purchase this, understand what you are getting. This works great for web browsing or in a server where you do not need intense graphics. Follow the instructions and you will get the rebate.

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  • Jason H.
  • 7/15/2015 12:22:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood deal!

Pros: Inexpensive, Windows 8.1 drivers are available, very compatible. We used this one to add a video card to an older Asus motherboard with integrated video for which Windows 8.1 did not have a driver available - this card did the trick and enabled us to avoid having to buy a new motherboard & CPU.

Cons: Card is somewhat slow and has an older GPU.
Mail in rebate takes a while - I received the rebate card 37 days after mailing the rebate materials. I've had good luck with this rebate processor: 'Rebate Processing' (4myrebate) in El Paso,TX ~ 30-45 days to receive the rebate vs the other rebate company in Tempe, AZ - rebateaccess - unless you're very patient, I recommend you stay away from rebateaccess ~ 60-100+ days to receive the rebate.

Other Thoughts: Remember to sign and date your rebate application before you mail it.

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  • Kenneth K.
  • 7/11/2015 4:14:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBad Rebate service

Pros: Got the GPU and it works as expected. Budget card with 1gb ram does the job

Cons: Don't count on getting the rebate I sent in all the documentation but my rebate was declined. They sent me a link to what I sent in and it was all there but it says receipt missing but I printed it from my slice account that tracks all my parches and keeps copies of the receipts.

Other Thoughts: Good budget card but plan to pay the full price it seems impossible to get the rebate they promise.

Manufacturer Response:


We apologize regarding your experience with the rebate.

Please email regarding your rebate problems and we'll have someone to assist you.

Thank you,
PowerColor Support

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  • darryl l.
  • 6/12/2015 9:03:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRebate Scam

Pros: Functions.

Cons: I knew the rebate would be denied. They use the same scam-artists that every tech hardware company uses, down there in El-Paso TX. Somehow the Invoice I attached magically disappeared. I even took pictures of everything I put in the envelope with my phone. Total Scam.

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  • John K.
  • 5/28/2015 5:39:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsjunk

Pros: not fast at all

Cons: failed after 6 mo

Other Thoughts: don't waste you money

Manufacturer Response:


We apologize regarding your experience with the video card.

If you have not done so already, please email directly and our technician will help with the troubleshooting and RMA process.
Thank you,
PowerColor Support

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  • Donnie N.
  • 5/9/2015 9:06:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice for what it was meant for!

Pros: This is a budget card your basic budget system or a business desktop/net workstation. You get exactly what you paid for. The desk top and programs look great, drivers are nice and it does its Job well. Anyone buying and installing this thing to game should look up the game's system requirement. NOT a gaming card.

I'd buy this card again for a similar system build.

Cons: NONE!

Other Thoughts: Great card for a web surfer computer and office use.

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