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JATON Radeon HD 5450 DirectX 11 Video-339PCI-HLX 512MB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
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Pros: The card was easy to install in the case and comes with software that only installs the drivers but, more importantly, searches for the latest drivers from AMD.

The usage of an oversized heatsink in lieu of a fan makes it quiet.

Significantly improved the graphical rendering performance of my legacy system and enabled me to turn it into an HTPC because it can handle 1080p resolution (or higher).

Offers, in my opinion, the most high performance, stable PCI interface card available on the market for those who want to keep their older generation PCs usable.

Although it obviously won't play the latest, graphically intensive titles, it will handle mid-range titles on low graphical settings, and it will handle legacy titles exceptionally well.


Trying to locate drivers for this older gpu via AMD's website is a bit of a hassle, but the driver-updating Catalyst Control Center software that is included solves this problem.

Saying it can't handle the latest games wouldn't be fare, because legacy machines shouldn't be expected to do that in the first place.

Other Thoughts: Although the heatsink will keep the card cool under normal operating conditions, some more graphically intensive applications might make the card start to run hot if your case isn't well ventilated. I have a case fan located in the vicinity of the card, and it seems to keep it comfortably between 50C and 70C.

I used this card to revamp a 2004 HP Pavilion with an AMD 2.2 GHz single core processor, 2 GB of DDR SDRAM, and a new 450 watt power supply. It didn't have any pci-express slots, so I bought the very best PCI card I could find, and it was this.

It runs 32bit XP, so I now use it to run legacy titles that I would otherwise need an XP emulator for on a more modern system. For instance, it handles Medieval II Total War and Half Life 2 quite well.


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Display Name: William B.

Date Joined: 09/27/11

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