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HIS H545H1GD1 Radeon HD 5450 Silence 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express x1 Low Profile Video Card with Eyefinity
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Price, form factor, passive cooling.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Built an inexpensive AM1-based system with AMD's 5350 Kabini APU displaying on an AOC 1600x900 monitor. Web content is sharp and smooth, and the card and drivers installed effortlessly. The Asus AM1-!A motherboard features a PCIe x4 socket but this card will work.

I understand that this GPU is not truly intended to support high-performance gaming - Diablo 3 was a little choppy (but playable) with the APU alone - so just for the Hades of it I tried this card and some other titles. Steam's free-to-play 3rd person shooter "Dizzel' is surprisingly sharp and smooth. This 5450 handles the MOBA 'Smite' much better than I expected when the game's settings are optimized with AMD's Raptr gaming app. Diablo 3's performance was noticeably improved after installing this card.

I guess this type of GPU is intended for multiple-monitor business applications (viewing spreadsheets and such) but it does a respectable job of handling some games too. I'd wager it won't satisfy the performance fiends among us, but if you want to take a break from coding or financial analysis this card should suffice.

Recommended for price, form factor, and ease of installation.

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ASUS GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Powerful. Reasonably Quiet. Not too demanding wattage-wise.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I felt obligated to post this review to balance out my previous submission titled "Problematic in SLI".

These GPUs are equipped with two tabs for multi-GPU bridges. As the AsRock Z77 Extreme3 motherboard I used in this build only ships with one SLI bridge, and I was under the impression a dual-bridge configuration would boost performance, I set up using two aftermarket Crossfire bridges. They are not interchangeable. I finally rebuilt this rig with the included SLI bridge and all was well.

Furthermore, these things are durable. At one point I was trying to retrieve a PCI slot cover that had fallen inside the case on top of the upper GPU with a pair of tweezers WHILE THE SYSTEM WAS RUNNING. After the sparks and loss of signal to the monitor I thought I had fried one of the 760s beyond repair. Everything revved back up nicely after a shutdown and restart. These devices can stand up to some abuse.

Lessons learned:

1. SLI and Crossfire bridges are not interchangeable.
2. There is little or no gain in performance using two multi-GPU bridges instead of only one.
3. Avoid poking around the interior of your box while it's running with metal objects. Even if you're grounded it's still likely not a good idea.

Stay tuned for more adventures in PC building.

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great OS 02/05/2014

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Pros: Provides everything I need and want.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: My favorite OS, installed in my latest build. Didn't disappoint this time either. Knew what to expect.

AsRock Z77 Extreme3. Intel i5-3350P. 16 GB G. Skill Sniper RAM 1600. SanDisk 32 GB SDD (OS). WD Velociraptor 150 GB 10000 RPM (data & game files). Zotac GTX 560 Ti 1 GB. Rosewill RCX-Z300 CPU HSF. Raidmax 835W semi-modular PSU.

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Ashley S.'s Profile

Display Name: Ashley S.

Date Joined: 07/16/11

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 10/30/13
  • Last Review: 12/25/14
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