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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 uses a 64-bit bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is made up of 80(16x5) SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 5450, which has a GPU core clock speed of 650 MHz, and 512 MB of DDR3 memory set to run at 800 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is made up of 80(16x5) 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 4350 22 Watts
Difference: 3 Watts (16%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 5450 should theoretically 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 should be a small bit (about 13%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering 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 lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5450 is a better choice, but 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 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, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill 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 ability to get to 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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