Well, I don't know much about graphics cards and its features and facts related to performance. Its the first time I bought any graphics card.
I like to play video games. And in this case, Mafia is the ever best game I have played. Its storyline, graphics, characters, views are just so real that it seems like I am not playing a game, I am watching a movie.
I played Mafia I : The city of lost heaven around 2008-2009. And from that very time I am a fan to this game. I was waiting eagerly to play the second version of the game and I bought its DVD too. But unfortunately my old machine was unable to run Mafia II.
Then I about 4-5 months earlier from now I bought this new machine but it was still lacking a graphics card. Finally, a few days earlier I bought a graphics card, Sapphire HD 5450 1GB DDR3 PCIE HDMI. My budget was very low according to todays High Configuration Graphics Card. Where, better graphics cards prices around 8000-16000 BDT, I was having only 5000 BDT. Moreover, with graphics cards pricing around 8000-16000 BDT, you have to buy a seperate Power Supply, Cooler etc which will ultimate cost around more 6000-7000 BDT. Thanks to God, That I got this graphics in only 5000 BDT.
This card and its performance is enough for me, but I think its nothing for hard gamers. Its good for low configuration games but will not work with todays high configuration games. However, what I only wanted is to play Mafia II and I am satisfied with it.
Following are the features of my graphics card acquired from the products website.
The SAPPHIRE HD 5450 graphic cards offer the most features and functionality in their class with complete DirectX 11 support and the world’s most advanced graphics, display features and technologies*. The HD 5450 Series is designed to give you stunning high definition entertainment from your PC, whether Blu-ray/HD DVD discs or other HD sources.** Also, you can get an amazing entertainment experience with DirectX 11 and Windows® 7*** via HD5450.
1 x D-Sub(VGA)
1 x Dual-Link DVI
1 x HDMI
650 MHz Core Clock
40 nm Chip
80 x Stream Processors
1024 MB Size
64 -bit DDR3
1334 MHz Effective
168(W) x 72.87(H) x 25(D) mm Size.
Low Profile Bracket (Optional)
The 15-pin VGA connector is common to most monitors and high definition television.You can connect your LCD or CRT monitor / TV with D-sub VGA connector.
Equipped with the most popular Dual Link DVI (Digital Visual Interface), this card is able to display ultra high resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz.
Turn your PC into a home entertainment centre with HDMI. Simply connect the graphics card to an LCD TV with an HDMI input and you will be able to enjoy watching HD videos with audio in the living room.
40nm Process Technology
Cutting edge manufacturing process allows for efficient, high performance parts which use less power than their predecessors.
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Hyper Memory Support
Up to 2.8 GB Memory Support with Hyper Memory
Enjoy the big memory frame buffer with Hyper Memory Technology.
Hyper Memory Support Matrix Under Windows Vista and Windows 7.
AMD Stream Technology
Accelerate the most demanding applications with AMD Stream technology and do more with your PC. AMD Stream Technology allows you to use the teraflops of compute power locked up in your graphics processer on tasks other than traditional graphics such as video encoding, at which the graphics processor is many, many times faster than using the CPU alone.
AMD Avivo HD (DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-ray Playback)
Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p display resolution and beyond and enjoy a more feature rich experience with enhanced Unified Video Decoder(UVD)
AMD CrossFireX™ Multi-GPU Technology
Triple or Quadruple gaming power with AMD CrossFireX™ Multi-GPU Technology.AMD CrossFireX technology supports up to four graphics cards to be used in a single system.
The latest PCI-Express 2.0 specification doubles data throughput from 2.5Gbps to 5Gbps allowing you to exploit the full performance potential of your graphics card.
Microsoft DirectX® 11
Get intense gaming performance and unrivalled image quality with stunning 3D visual effects, realistic lighting and lifelike imagery with SAPPHIRE graphics cards supporting DirectX®11. New features in DirectX®11 such as Hardware Tesselation, HDR Texture Compression, Multi-threading support and DirectCompute bring lifelike gaming and an experience never possible on a PC before.
OpenGL® 3.1 and 3.2
Supports the latest OpenGL API (Application Programming Interface) to accelerate performance of applications outside of DirectX®, i.e. Adobe Autodesk 2D/3D graphic design.
►OpenGL 3.2 Driver support scheduled for release in 2010
Shader Model 5.0
Supports the latest Shader Model 5.0 feature set including VTF (Vertex Texture Fetch) which is a key feature used extensively in many of the games that ship today. Without support for this feature the game will fall back to a lesser shader path resulting in the loss of cool, lifelike effects made possible by Shader Model 5.0
AMD Catalyst Control Center™
The AMD Catalyst Control Center™ software application gives you complete control over the performance and visual quality of your SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon™ based graphics card allowing for the best experience on your PC.
Accelerated Video Transcoding
Massively parallel architecture and support for common shader transcoding instructions accelerates video encoding / transcoding way beyond what was possible with the CPU only.
Dolby® TrueHD and DTSHD Master Audio™ Support
Support for copy protected, high bandwidth, 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI. Get a fully immersive, high definition audio experience with the latest Blu-ray movies. (Requires a DVI to HDMI dongle on some models, an HD capable monitor and a Blu-ray drive)
Supports advanced AA (Anti-aliasing) features to maximise your enjoyment of high definition gaming.
Multi-sample anti-aliasing (2, 4 or 8 samples per pixel)
Adaptive super-sampling and multi-sampling
Super AA (AMD CrossFireX™configurations only)
Up to 24x Custom Filter Anti-Aliasing (CFAA) for superior quality
All anti-aliasing features compatible with HDR rendering
Physics processing support
Accelerates the performance of Fluid Dynamics, Cloth Simulation, Soft or Rigid Body Dynamics, Universal Collision Detection, Hair Simulation and Finite Element Analysis for the most lifelike gaming experience.
Dynamically manage power efficiency and take control of your performance with AMD’s revolutionary AMD PowerPlay TM power management technology delivering high performance features when needed and conserving power when the demand on the graphics processor is low. This seemless technology dramatically reduces the overall power consumption allowing for break-through energy efficiency.
Windows® 7 support
WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) Certified drivers and logos are available for all SAPPHIRE HD2000, HD3000, HD4000 and HD5000 series cards ensuring compatibility and reliability with Microsoft Windows 7.