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Radeon HD 4350 vs Radeon HD 5450

Intro

The Radeon HD 4350 makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 575 MHz. The DDR2 memory runs at a speed of 500 MHz on this particular card. It features 80(16x5) SPUs along with 8 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 5450, which has clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 80(16x5) SPUs along with 8 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5450 19 Watts
Radeon HD 4350 22 Watts
Difference: 3 Watts (16%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 5450, in theory, should be much faster than the Radeon HD 4350 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5450 12800 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4350 8000 MB/sec
Difference: 4800 (60%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5450 should be just a bit (about 13%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 4350. (explain)

Radeon HD 5450 5200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4350 4600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 600 (13%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5450 is a better choice, though not by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 5450 2600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4350 2300 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 300 (13%)

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 4350

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Radeon HD 5450

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

Model Radeon HD 4350 Radeon HD 5450
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Sep 30, 2008 February 4, 2010
Code Name RV710 Cedar PRO
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16, PCI PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 575 MHz 650 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 500 MHz (1000 MHz effective) 800 MHz (1600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 80(16x5) 80(16x5)
Texture Mapping Units 8 8
Render Output Units 4 4
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 64-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2
Power (Max TDP) 22 watts 19 watts
Shader Model 4.1 5.0
Bandwidth 8000 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4600 Mtexels/sec 5200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2300 Mpixels/sec 2600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its 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 core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

2 Responses to “Radeon HD 4350 vs Radeon HD 5450”
Anonymous says:
HD 5450 is a Gud Graphics card for Entry Level gaming.
[...] be an upgrade. Well I am here to inform you it’s not. I’ve tried to do a few online comparisons and the 5450 should edge it, it does on paper. The reality is. The 4350 turns my mediocre 1stgen [...]

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