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

Intro

The Radeon HD 5450 features a clock speed of 650 MHz and a DDR3 memory frequency of 800 MHz. It also uses a 64-bit bus, and uses 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 comes with a core clock frequency of 750 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also features a 64-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 160 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation 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

In theory, the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB should be much faster 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 is a bit (approximately 15%) more effective at AF 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, 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 number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory 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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