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ATI Radeon HD 5450 provides DX11 graphics for $60

updated 07:25 am EST, Thu February 4, 2010

Radeon HD 5000 series gets budget chipset

AMD this morning launched its least expensive video chipset capable of DirectX 11 (and OpenGL 3.2) graphics. The ATI Radeon HD 5450 has all the same visual effects as the 5600 and 5800 lines but is trimmed down to 80 stream processors, 8 texture units and a 650MHz engine clock speed. Besides keeping the price low, the design allows for extremely quiet cards: it can either use a low-speed fan in a single slot or a completely fanless design in a slightly larger space.

The hardware supports Eyefinity to output through and combine multiple displays, and in a reference card carries one each of dual-link DVI, DisplayPort and VGA. It can similarly drive HD video decoding and OpenCL, and two cards can combine in CrossFire mode.

Boards should be available right away from partners like ASUS, MSI and XFX and will cost as little as $60 for a version with 512MB of memory. PC builders are also likely to use the 5450 on their own, though no PCs have been named as using it so far.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ... so?

    Why is this featured on Does it have Mac support? Can it be used in a Mac Pro? Doesn't seem to be the case.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Read More Closely.

    Yes it can- note the reference to Open GL.

    I wonder if buying a Mac Pro from the Apple store would let you buy a model without a graphics card... Goodness knows they charge a premium for everything you have pre-installed. (This comes from someone who's been drooling after a Mac Pro for years.)

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    It just doesnt get much better than this dude.


  1. toke lahti

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Real mac support?

    Does 4xxx EFI and drivers work with this?
    I wouldn't be so sure it can be used in macPro.
    And when it hits to appleStore it will be like $260...

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