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HIS launches PCI Radeon HD 5450 512MB

HIS launches PCI Radeon HD 5450 512MB

The HIS 5450 Silence 512MB includes an HDMI output and a passive cooler.

Your graphics options are pretty limited if you haven't got a PCI-E slot these days, but HIS isn't giving up on the old PCI slot yet. The company has just announced its PCI 5450 Silence 512MB card, specifically for upgrading older systems.

As its name suggests, the card features a passive heatsink for silent cooling, although the specifications are somewhat lacklustre by modern standards.

The card's 650MHz Radeon HD 5450 GPU only has 80 stream processors, and the 512MB of 1GHz DDR3 memory is restricted by a tight 64-bit memory interface. Basically, this isn't a card for playing Crysis at reasonable settings. However, HIS claims that this is the first PCI Radeon card to feature an HDMI output, potentially making it ideal for converting an old PC into a media centre system.

Backwards compatibility has clearly been a consideration in the design of the card, with on-board DVI and HDMI outputs joined by a break-out VGA connection for older, analogue monitors and touchscreens. For those who don't need a VGA connector, a low-profile bracket designed for low profile cases is also included, while a dual-slot bracket offers the best of both worlds.

It's clear from the feature list that HIS has a specific market in mind: home theatre systems. With full 1080p video support, AMD's Unified Video Decoder 2 and the integrated 7.1-channel HD audio codec, owners of old home theatre PCs could finally have a sensible upgrade path available to them.

While UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, select European retailers reportedly already have the HIS 5450 Silence 512MB in stock for around £30.

Do you applaud HIS for continuing to support PCI users, or should companies abandon the standard in favour of the now-ubiquitous PCI-E interface? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Neonhalo 24th December 2010, 08:11 Quote
I'd say this is a good thing, personally. As someone who builds industrial PC's for a living, customers have a habit of specifying PCI graphics cards. This could very well be the middle-ground between our current PCI choice (Geforce FX5200) and the higher-end PCIe cards we spec... Colour me happy.
Sim0n 24th December 2010, 08:21 Quote
This could be useful for my job, as we require 3 monitors on everyone computer. But with the invention of Vista/7, and its more strict driver policy, you havent been able to mix gfx cards (ati+nvidia, onboard sis+matrox etc). So this has meant we are restricted to using XP still.

Unless anyone knows how to mix gfx cards easily, because i ended up pulling my hair out after spending 2 days reinstalling, and trying so many different combos.
hyperion 24th December 2010, 08:34 Quote
Would have been awesome if it came out before ion. Still a nice move from HIS though.
SpAceman 24th December 2010, 09:28 Quote
Initially I burst into laughter at the mention of "PCI graphics" but then I remembered the useless Dell Dimension 3000 I'm using as a door stop atm..

This could help it a lot :)
JaredC01 24th December 2010, 09:31 Quote
Simon, Windows 7 supports simultaneous running of two different graphics cards and drivers. That's what gives people the ability to run an ATI card as a main with an nVidia card for PhysX.

Vista didn't support it, but 7 does.
Baggpuss 24th December 2010, 10:37 Quote
I though nVidia implementated something into their drivers to prevent people from doing that?
Singularity 24th December 2010, 10:45 Quote
so, anyone think that this card paired with a 230 atom could pump 1080p nicely?
I have my doubts about the cpu feeding the card and the paltry throughput of the PCI bus :S
spazmochad 24th December 2010, 11:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Singularity
so, anyone think that this card paired with a 230 atom could pump 1080p nicely?
I have my doubts about the cpu feeding the card and the paltry throughput of the PCI bus :S

Might be a laugh to see if I could get 1080p on an old sff Pentium 2 box :D
Sim0n 24th December 2010, 11:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by JaredC01
Simon, Windows 7 supports simultaneous running of two different graphics cards and drivers. That's what gives people the ability to run an ATI card as a main with an nVidia card for PhysX.

Vista didn't support it, but 7 does.

Hi Jared,
Yes, you can install the drivers, but if you actually try to output desktops on both ATI and Nvidia (for example, you can exchange any vendor in there) cards, say 2 ATI and 2 Nvidia, only 2 screen will work. Windows will then give you a snooty message about the incompatibility to mix the drivers and just turn the 2 other screens off.

If your using it as a PyhsX card, you dont need any actual output from the card.
yakyb 24th December 2010, 12:08 Quote
great news, my dev pc should now handle 12 monitors

(not that i need them, i only use 5)

but seriously this is a good thing the 5450 is a good card
Delphium 24th December 2010, 14:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sim0n
Hi Jared,
Yes, you can install the drivers, but if you actually try to output desktops on both ATI and Nvidia (for example, you can exchange any vendor in there) cards, say 2 ATI and 2 Nvidia, only 2 screen will work. Windows will then give you a snooty message about the incompatibility to mix the drivers and just turn the 2 other screens off.

If your using it as a PyhsX card, you dont need any actual output from the card.
The error message would likely of happened in Vista, but not Win 7.

I have an ATI 5870 E6 + 880GTS, with Win7 I can run 8 monitors no problem (6 from the ati, 2 more form the nvidia).
Win 7 does not screem about the drivers being incompatible, they both function perfectly fine.

I have even used SoftTH to span a game across 5 monitors using 3 outputs form the ATI card as an eyefinity display in the middle and the 2 outputs from the Nvidia card as additonal side displays to the eyefinity.


As for HIS, thats pritty good news, I could potentially upgrade my Geforce 6200 in one of my media pc's.
Fabou 24th December 2010, 15:32 Quote
@ Baggpuss
It's using a ATI for main graphic + a Nvidia for physic that is prevented. While you can use two Nvidia one for physic + one for the rest easily
ev1lm1nd666 24th December 2010, 15:34 Quote
If it handles 1080p then I say it's a great little card, might even handle the sims or older C&C games. (thinking of kids pc or a htpc) I still have a couple of old pci cards and an agp matrox card somewhere so would be interested to see how this performs in comparison.

Keep it up HIS!
Delphium 24th December 2010, 15:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fabou
@ Baggpuss
It's using a ATI for main graphic + a Nvidia for physic that is prevented. While you can use two Nvidia one for physic + one for the rest easily

Nvidia does restrict the use of physx when another brand of gfx card is detected, however there is a patch to work around this.

Patch.
Source.
l3v1ck 24th December 2010, 23:49 Quote
It's good that they're filling this gap in the market. No new PC's should have any pci slots, but people still need to upgrade older systems.
wafflesomd 25th December 2010, 08:19 Quote
I thought those little DVI-HDMI adapters were pretty common.
Chappy 25th December 2010, 10:10 Quote
Thank You! ATI Radeon for Giving my HP Pavilion a42d 2002 Edition a Power to Play HD Movies & Non Enthusiast 3D Games. . .

I this out Already?
gcwebbyuk 25th December 2010, 13:27 Quote
Any idea how many PPD could be obtained by one of these?

Figuring some of my Folding machines are old P4s with ATX motherboards sporting 4 empty PCI slots...
roblikesbeer 25th December 2010, 17:27 Quote
Never mind PCI, someone needs to make a DX11 AGP card (please!).
Zephyr 25th December 2010, 17:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by l3v1ck
It's good that they're filling this gap in the market. No new PC's should have any pci slots, but people still need to upgrade older systems.

Why should new PC's not include PCI slots? I've not seen a motherboard yet that has completely eradicated the legacy PCI bus because there are still many, many, MANY expansion cards that rely on the PCI bus. PCI-E isn't widespread and affordable enough yet to do away with PCI entirely.

As for the card, I too have had myriad issues with running more than two displays with Windows 7. From ATI Eyefinity requiring specific configurations and Vista/7 hating old PCI cards, a PCI card with a current generation GPU at an affordable price is an awfully attractive offer for those wanting a wall of TFT :)
javaman 26th December 2010, 00:46 Quote
Now if nvidia could do this with one of their low end cards some more useless slots on my motherboard could find a use folding.
Elton 27th December 2010, 22:20 Quote
Quite useful. Speaking of which, I want slap AMD/Sapphire in the face for making the HD6850 only capable of displaying 2 displays via DVI+HDMI, and requiring me to get a DP adapter if I want to have 3 displays.
Uxon 28th December 2010, 14:05 Quote
I've said this before, but if there was an easy way of doing 3 monitors using 2x DVI + 1x HDMI, I'm sure both ATI and Nvidia would have done it by now as it would increase the sales of whichever card(s) could do it by quite a lot. Offering 3rd monitor support using display port is better than having to get a 2nd graphics card...
lacuna 29th December 2010, 12:10 Quote
how would this card compare with my 7950gt 512mb?
Elton 29th December 2010, 12:13 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by lacuna
how would this card compare with my 7950gt 512mb?

Well seeing as it is 80SPs, it's a bit slower than the 120SP HD3650(even with arch enhancements, it can't get THAT much better). So a shot in the dark would say that it's slower than a 8600GT/8600GTS, making it pretty much equal/slower than your 7950GT if I recall correctly.

If I'm wrong then feel free to correct me, I'm merely making educated guesses here.
lacuna 29th December 2010, 12:26 Quote
sounds fair, I will stick with what I've got for now then
widmod 30th December 2010, 17:45 Quote
nothing new this week? or is everybody on vacation? am I the only one who is working?
Eiffie 30th December 2010, 20:11 Quote
This is actually a solid idea for anyone with an old computer and an empty PCI slot. I'd love to see more products like this. I love fanless graphics cards as well. They don't seem to show up that often but when they do, I take notice.
gcwebbyuk 31st December 2010, 07:29 Quote
Would these be any good for hardware encoding? I have some servers that we want to use for video encoding overnight when there is minimal load on them, but they only have 2 x PCI slots and no PCI-E slots.
pyro1son 3rd January 2011, 13:03 Quote
do you reckon it will be any good for folding?
ive got a cashebox with a mini-itx (VIA C3 CPU) and it only got 1 PCI slot! im going to use it as a download server, but i can get another which could be use for folding! any ideas?
m91 3rd January 2011, 16:59 Quote
When will this be available in the UK? Currently it is only available in the US and Canada. I got a Dell Dimension 3000 that needs upgrading.
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