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PowerColor Go! Green AX5450 256MD5-SH Radeon HD 5450 256MB 64-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

  • 80 Stream Processors
  • 256MB 64-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 2.1 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Jason P.
  • 5/23/2010 6:47:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than onboard

Pros: Very low power usage
Reasonable Price
Premium GDDR5 memory has some benefit over standard models

Cons: Not really a con, but I see no reason for the full wide heatsink. The PCB is half height but the heatsink extends past it to make the card standard width. If you're buying this card you should fully understand what you are getting but really these cards are meant to be low profile. The core clocks are the same and other 5450's do just fine with the smaller passive heatsink.

Other Thoughts: Zero noise, low power and reasonable cost compliment this great media playback oriented card. If highest quality is not a concern then it can play games no problem, even BC2 can run 720p with DX9 forced and medium low settings. The GDDR5 compliments the card in a weird way, for example it can play Source games and COD4 maxed out at 720p PLUS 4xAA! The low stream processor count limits resolution + detail but the relatively high memory bandwidth allows for decent AA to be applied to nearly all the games I play.

Can also be overclocked for a bit extra performance, mine goes to 750/1000 no problems. I use MSI afterburner with modified cfg to remove clock limits, applying overclock only when 3d apps are running.

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  • Jason P.
  • 5/22/2010 5:25:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDoes what it needs to do

Pros: Quiet
Cheap
GDDR5 memory

Cons: Unnecessarily large heatsink makes this a full width video card despite using a low profile PCB. Since core speed is standard and heatsink does not cool ram chips there really is no need for the oversized heatsink especially since it really makes no difference over temperatures of a standard 5450. I don't need low profile for my application but it would have been nice to have the option for the future.

Other Thoughts: Very happy with the card. Excellent picture quality and best of all no noise! An added bonus is that you can actually game with this thing! No, it's not a 5800 series so ignore all those idiot review sites pitting this card up against them with the same benchmarks and settings = 5fps for pete's sake!

Take this simple advice: 720p, disable AA, 2xAF, disable shadows, and for the newest games like Bad Company 2 settings all to medium and force DX9. Voila! You are now gaming at work!

COD4, WaW, CS:S, TF2, L4D, Portal, Burnout Paradise, Battlefield 2, Fallout 3 and Bad Company 2 can all be MADE to play on this card.

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