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Graphics cards can be notoriously expensive, ranging from £20 all the way up to (and above) £200.
This is towards the lower end of that price range, the 1GB model which I am reviewing here, should cost between £20-£30.
It has 1GB of DDR3 memory, which is quite a lot for a budget card, it can also take an additional 1GB from your RAM, if you have any left to spare. The computer will auto-manage how much RAM your graphics card takes, so don't worry about it taking too much.
But basically, the main purpose of a graphics card is for gaming. Seeing as this is a budget card, don't expect it to run anything recent at fancy graphics settings, this is just a 'gets by' kind of card.
Games such as Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2 and Portal 2, can all run at a mixture of medium/high graphics settings, you can get away with 'high' graphics settings if you lower shadows/shading, remove anisotropic filtering and vsync and no antialiasing.
It has also been reported to run Skyrim on Low/Medium settings at a perfectly playable framerate.
Tribes: Ascend runs fine on Low settings (not minimal).
Test Drive Unlimited 2 runs at a mixture of low/medium.
Please note that all of these tests were taken with no memory taken from RAM, just the 1GB dedicated memory, if you have more RAM free on your system, the card will probably run the games better than I have said.
The card only takes 19W of power, which is a small amount, compared to the 40W of the Nvidia 8400GS which I upgraded from.
This is probably the best budget card out there for the moment, however that will probably change in a few weeks as more cards get released.
Gigantic 1GB DDR3 memory on board
Asus exclusive Dust-Proof Fan can dissipate heat efficiently while expending lifespan by 25%
Full DirectX 11, users can enjoy amazing gaming performance and image quality with stunning 3D visual effects, realistic lighting and lifelike imagery
Low profile design with low profile bracket bundled could fit end user's demand of mini PC
PCI Express 2.0 support
OpenGL 3.2 support
|Product Description:||ASUS EAH5450/DI/1GD3 (LP) - graphics card - Radeon HD 5450 - 1 GB|
|Device Type:||Graphics card - low profile|
|Bus Type:||PCI Express 2.1 x16|
|Graphics Engine:||ATI Radeon HD 5450|
|Memory:||1 GB - DDR3|
|Core Clock:||650 MHz|
|Effective Memory Clock:||800 MHz|
|Max Resolution:||2560 x 1600|
|Max Resolution Details:||DVI: 2560 x 1600 / VGA: 2048 x 1536|
|API Supported:||DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.2|
|Microsoft Certification:||Compatible with Windows 7|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||3 years warranty|