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Radeon HD 5450 vs Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 5450 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 650 MHz. The DDR3 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 800 MHz on this card. It features 80(16x5) SPUs along with 8 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 750 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 900 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is comprised of 160 Stream Processors, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5450 19 Watts
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 31 Watts
Difference: 12 Watts (63%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB should be 125% faster than the Radeon HD 5450 overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 28800 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5450 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (125%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB is a small bit (more or less 15%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5450. (explain)

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 6000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5450 5200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 800 (15%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB is superior to the Radeon HD 5450, though not by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 3000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5450 2600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 400 (15%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

Radeon HD 5450

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Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB

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Specifications

Model Radeon HD 5450 Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 4, 2010 February 2011
Code Name Cedar PRO Caicos
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 750 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz (1600 MHz effective) 900 MHz (3600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 80(16x5) 160
Texture Mapping Units 8 8
Render Output Units 4 4
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 64-bit 64-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 19 watts 31 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 5200 Mtexels/sec 6000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2600 Mpixels/sec 3000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

Comments

5 Responses to “Radeon HD 5450 vs Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB”
Rey says:
the HD 5450 is a very good HTPC card. i added one to a tiny emachines pc, swapped in a blu ray player and that little machine is a movie monster. i do not play games on it so i dunno how games work on it.
Mentor54 says:
I wonder why the actual performance difference in pixel/texel rate isn't that big as the difference in memory bandwith suggests.
Mentor54 says:
I wonder why the actual performance difference in pixel/texel rate isn't that big as the difference in memory bandwidth suggests.
LEEROY says:
@Mentor54 - I doubt you'll see this, but --> The reason the real world differences aren't huge is simple. The memory bandwidth is a lot higher, but the actual core isn't pushing out much more.

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