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MSI Radeon HD 6450 DirectX 11 R6450-MD2GD3/LP 2GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
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Pros: Cheap for the spec., especially considering the $25 rebate.

Cons: Doesn't work - This is the 2nd one I ordered after experiencing the first one that was DOA (see my review on 8/23/2012). This one initially looked promising - when I plugged it in, and booted my Dell Inspiron 620 (Win 7 Ult. with Intel i5 & 6GB), my Asus HDMI monitor had input, but very big & poor quality graphics. So I installed the driver that came on CD. Although the sizing automatically went back to my original 1080p setting size, the quality was less than my original OEM integrated intel graphic card. The Performance Info score lowered from 5.1 to 4.8. Furthermore, I lost about an inch each on my left and right side of the screen and about 1/2 inch each at top and bottom. I called the tech support at MCI and was told that even this, what I consider a low performance card, is made for full size desktop with at least 400W power, and not for OEM with 300W. However, another tech had told me that the 400W recommended is b/c it was tested at that level, and not the min. required.

Other Thoughts: I then searched Dell website and spoke with its parts sales, and both offered VisionTek AMD Radeon HD 6450 1GB PCI Exp card as being compatible with my Inspiron 620 spec. (also sold at Newegg) That one has the same AMD GPU, but requires only 300W. Thinking maybe the 2GB vs the 1GB makes a difference in the power requirement, I checked the same exact MCI card (MSI R6450-MD1GD3/LP) with 1GB, which sells for $5 less at Newegg. But it also requires 400W like the 2GB. Now, I see only one difference between what I bought and the VisionTek card: Different manufacturer who put together the same AMD Radeo HD 6450 GPU. Significantly, a reviewer wrote on 6/19/2012 that the one I bought worked fine on his 225W slimline 64 bit Vista HP PC. Based on my two purchases of the same card made by MCI and only MCI requiring 400W vs VisionTek's 300W requirement, I can only conclude that MCI's products are inferior. I can only come to a conclusion that the first one was a DOA and second one was poorly made

MSI Radeon HD 6450 DirectX 11 R6450-MD2GD3/LP 2GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Cheap - with the $25 rebate, it is the best bargain among the ones with the comparable specs. (Hmm, I wonder why so much rebate on this particular model, other MCI similarly priced ones are only $5 or $10 rebate)

Cons: Dead on arrival - it was easy putting it into my Dell Inspiron 620 PCI Express 2.1X16 slot. Unfortunately, my HDMI monitor says no HDMI input detected.

Other Thoughts: Placed an order for a second one. I hope this one will work. I will post update.


Junmo Y.'s Profile

Display Name: Junmo Y.

Date Joined: 09/06/03

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 0
  • First Review: 08/23/12
  • Last Review: 08/25/12
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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