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Gigabyte Radeon HD 5450 (Cedar) GV-R545OC-512I Video Card

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Pros: Cheap, Small form factor, Low power consumption.

Cons: Somewhat slow.

The Gigabyte HD 5450 is a seriously budget card. I feel it's only real purpose is for extremely light gaming and everyday use when an arguably more practical AMD APU isn't an option.


The box is black with some white writing of the product specifications around the box. On the box we can see gold plated HDMI and Direct X 11 support printed on the front, with some other specifications on the back. It ships with a small form factor rear I/O bracket, a product manual and driver CD.

The card comes clocked at upto 700mhz core and 512mb of DDR3 memory using a 64bit interface. On the rear I/O we can find a singe DVI, HDMI and VGA port.
This card uses Gigabyte's Ultra durable 2 design, using Ferrite core chokes, Low RDS (on) mosfet, Lower ESR solid capacitors and an All solid long life capacitor design. This should ensure many years of reliable use under regular to heavy use.

This kind of card is great for blue ray movies and either very old games or games at low resolution and low graphics settings. It doesn't have the processing power necessary to run games smoothly at 1080p.
I was however able to play Minecraft at low settings comfortably along with even Metro 2033 at lowest settings at 720p managing 30~fps. I find this kind of performance surprising for a card of this tier.

Running intensive applications like Furmark saw the card reach a low 50c while making nearly no fan noise. This is mostly down to the low 20w TDP, it can't use enough power to make any kind of serious heat. This makes it an ideal card to run in tight computers like HTPCs or smaller. Using a maximum of just 20w allows it to run on tiny power supplies one would find in small cases which is definitely another plus.
Having such a small fan even set it to 100% fan speed makes very little noise. Again making it ideal for a home theater PC or similar use.


Overall I think this card is best suited to HTPC use where an AMD APU is out of the question and you need more power than the onboard graphics on various AMD platform motherboards can provide. It isn't a huge performer in gaming which is to be expected of a GPU in this category. If you need a graphics card for gaming I'd suggest looking into used higher end cards.

Gigabyte Radeon HD 5450 (Cedar) GV-R545OC-512I Video Card
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Chipset Manufacturer: ATI Core Clock: 700MHz Stream Processors: 80 Stream Processing Units Effective Memory Clock: 1600MHz HDMI: 1 x HDMI D-SUB: 1 x D-SUB DVI: 1 x DVI Max Resolution: 2560 x 1600

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