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

Intro

The Radeon HD 5450 comes with a clock frequency of 650 MHz and a DDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also features a 64-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 80(16x5) SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, which features core speeds of 750 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 160 SPUs along with 8 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB should theoretically be quite a bit better than the Radeon HD 5450 in general. (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 will be a bit (about 15%) better at texture 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

The Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB is just a bit (about 15%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 5450, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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

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Radeon HD 5450

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Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB

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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 5450 Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 4, 2010 February 2011
Code Name Cedar PRO Caicos
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 19 watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 5200 Mtexels/sec 6000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2600 Mpixels/sec 3000 Mpixels/sec
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
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 292 million 370 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

Comments

6 Responses to “Radeon HD 5450 vs Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB”
Consigli su configurazione - Pagina 6 - Forum di Tom's Hardware says:

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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.

Anonymous says:

if I install a 6450, do I need to upgrade the power supply?

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