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Thursday, 07 April 2011 09:07

AMD introduces low end HD 6450

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Low profile, low price tag
AMD has introduced the cheapest and smallest 6-series graphics card to date. The HD 6450 is based on the Caicos GPU, with a die area of just 75mm square, 160 shaders and a 64-bit memory bus.

The card will show up in two flavours, with 1GB of DDR3 memory clocked up to 800MHz or 512MB of faster, 800 to 900MHz GDDR5. In addition, the GPU also ends up at different clocks, as it runs at 625MHz on DDR3 cards and 750MHz on the GDDR5 variant. Frankly, AMD could have just as easily announced two SKUs with different clocks and memory.

The HD 6450 is not designed to turn heads and it is about as unimpressive as Nvidia’s new GT 520. On the upside, the HD 6450 is a low-profile card with power consumption rated at just 27W in the GDDR5 variant and 20W in the DDR3 card. Idle power consumption is a mere 9W. With an expected sub-$50 price tag, it’s a pretty good card for the money, especially if you factor in the low power consumption and the format factor, which makes it suitable for SFF or HTPC rigs.

On another note, as you may have noticed, neither AMD nor Nvidia have anything exciting in the works for the next few months. The industry is still stuck at 40nm and frankly both NV’s and AMD’s current generations are rather underwhelming. Also, it might be interesting to see how current entry-level discrete cards will compare to Llano graphics, as it appears that such discrete cards are a dying breed.

You can check out the details here.



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+15 #1 JAB Creations 2011-04-07 10:59
Quote:
The industry is still stuck at 40nm and frankly both NV’s and AMD’s current generations are rather underwhelming.


Arrogant much? Cards from both AMD and Nvidia play the games just fine unless you're blindly materialistic.
 
 
+11 #2 Steve-O 2011-04-07 11:36
Underwhelmed? Actually yes, I'm not that impressed with the performance of a 6970 over a 5870, until you get into 3 screen action, which it excels at.
 
 
+5 #3 TechHog 2011-04-07 12:13
Great! Now, where's Turks?
 
 
0 #4 Bl0bb3r 2011-04-07 12:51
Quoting TechHog:
Great! Now, where's Turks?



Sharpening his sword. Why? You want your throat cut? /cynicism... the funny version

Don't mind it, it will be here when it will, it's not like the part will be super popular with reviewers and talked about all over the web.

Where's SI? /rhetoric
 
 
0 #5 Memristor 2011-04-07 12:59
Quoting TechHog:
Great! Now, where's Turks?

They are available, but only as a OEM cards. HP sells a system with the HD6570 Turks card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883147699&Tpk=HD6570
But you're right, a passive cooled HD6570 would make a great card for a media center.
 
 
-2 #6 dan 2011-04-07 13:02
Forget SI, where's CI ?
 
 
+4 #7 Memristor 2011-04-07 13:09
Here is a review of this card which shows double the performance of the HD5450 in 3DMark Vantage.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6450-review/1
 
 
0 #8 Haberlandt 2011-04-08 05:03
Quoting TechHog:
Great! Now, where's Turks?



Exactly what I was going to say.
 
 
+2 #9 Harry Lloyd 2011-04-08 12:46
Very nice. The 5450, which I have in my HTPC, has a TDP of 19 W.

The faster version should've been called 6470, but it doesn't really matter in this segment.

I might upgrade one day, as I play older games on my HTPC, not my gaming PC.
 

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