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Radeon HD 4350 vs Radeon HD 5450

Intro

The Radeon HD 4350 has a clock frequency of 575 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 500 MHz. It also features a 64-bit bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 80(16x5) SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 5450, which features a clock speed of 650 MHz and a DDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also uses a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 80(16x5) SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, 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 4350 22 Watts
Difference: 3 Watts (16%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 5450 should be a lot 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 is a small bit (approximately 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 running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5450 is the winner, though only just barely. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. 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 also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum 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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