XFX HD 6450 Review

By Nimish Sawant | Updated Nov 15 2011
XFX HD 6450 Review
DIGIT RATING
60 /100
  • design

    60

  • performance

    50

  • value for money

    80

  • features

    60

  • PROS
  • Low profile � low power and no noise
  • Affordable pricing
  • Temperature delta is very low
  • CONS
  • Not good even for casual gaming

Verdict

Just like the Forsa GT 520, this card is not geared for gaming. It's ideal for an HTPC set up and consumes very low power. The passive heat means that it operates without any fan noise. Temperatures delta is around 12 degrees C which is quite good. Pricing is also very attractive for someone looking at a non gaming card.

XFX HD 6450 detailed review

Features: XFX HD 6450 features a half height form factor, perfect for setting it up inside an HTPC rig with a small cabinet. It also bundles a half height adapter. Clocked at 625 MHz, it has only 160 stream processors which are not meant for gaming, but will work wonders if you have a lot of HD or Blu-ray HD videos. The VGA Port can be disconnected if you don't need it. The Eyefinity support allows you to connect the card to upto three screens.


Design and Build: Even though the reference card has a fan on it, XFX has a fanless design. Heat sink is passive and is surrounds one side completely and half of the other side. It can easily fit inside a mini itx cabinet thanks to its form factor.

Performance: The scores indicate that this is not a card you will use for gaming. Barring Dirt 3, all other gaming benchmarks scored under 10 FPS.Even at lower resolutions there isnt much juice to play comfortably. It is best for watching HD content, where the CPU utilisation is very low which keeps the CPU free to perform other tasks in the background while you are watching your HD content.

Refer to the gallery to view benchmarks, as well as the below table.

Verdict: Just like the Forsa GT 520, this card is not geared for gaming. It's ideal for an HTPC set up and consumes very low power. The passive heat means that it operates without any fan noise. Temperatures delta is around 12 degrees C which is quite good. Pricing is also very attractive for someone looking at a non gaming card.

Score Out of 100: 19.02

Price: Rs.2,650

Features, Specs, Scores

Brand Model

XFX HD 6450
GPU Codename Caicos

Type of memory / Memory Clock (MHz)

DDR3 / 533

Core / Shader Clock (MHz)

625 / NA

No. of Stream Processors

160

Memory size (MB) / Memory Interface

1024 / 64-bit

Connects on card

HDMI, DVI, D-Sub

Accessories provided

Half Height adapter, Driver CD

Game Provided

N

Synthetic Benchmarks

3D Mark 11 (Overall)

846

3D Mark 11 (Graphics)

729

Unigine Heaven v2.5 (1680x1050, 4xAF, Max Shader, Extreme Tesellation) Score

66

Unigine Heaven v2.5 (1680x1050, 4xAF, Max Shader, Extreme Tesellation) Frame rate

2.6

Temperature (Load)

66

Temperature (Idle)

54

Game Benchmarks

FarCry 2 (1280x1024, Ultra High, No AA) Avg

12.64

FarCry 2 (1680x1050, Ultra High, No AA) Avg

10.74

FarCry 2 (1920x1080, Ultra High, No AA) Avg

9.65

FarCry 2 (1280x1024, Ultra High, 4xAA) Avg

9.38

FarCry 2 (1680x1050, Ultra High, 4xAA) Avg

7.87

FarCry 2 (1920x1080, Ultra High, 4xAA) Avg

7.08

S.T.A.L.K.E.R : Call of Pripyat (Day, 1680x1050, No AA, DX11, Ultra Detail) Avg

9.6

Resident Evil (1680x1050, 4xAA, Motion Blur on)

12.9

Resident Evil (1920x1080, 4xAA, Motion Blur on)

11.2

Crysis Warhead (1280x1024, DX10, Med) Avg

8

Crysis Warhead (1680x1050, DX10, Med) Avg

7

Dirt 3 (1280x1024, No AA, Details Medium) Avg

20.59

Dirt 3 (1680x1050, No AA, Details Medium) Avg

16.2

Dirt 3 (1920x1080, No AA, Details Medium) Avg

14.37

XFX HD 6450 Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Release Date: 15 Nov 2011
Market Status: Discontinued

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