ATI’s new graphics cards run cool and quiet, and they’re dirt cheap.
Graphics cards tend to be the stuff of gamers. They range from the normal to the extreme in terms of cost and performance, only to achieve obsolescence a year after installation. Most people who don’t play games don’t need a graphics card.
The increasing popularity of home theater PCs has changed that, and now people who never considered building a computer before are getting into the game. For that brand of customer, ATI has introduced the HD5450.
The Radeon HD5450 is set to launch with suggested retail pricing of $60, and it does almost everything you’d want a card to do. It can send a signal out through HDMI or DisplayPort, and it even supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.
Best of all, the HD5450 runs silent. Depending on the maker – graphics cards are created by one company and produced by many others – the HD5450 will run with either a single small fan, or with a completely passive cooling system. Eliminating the fan eliminates the noise, and makes the 5450 a perfect option for home theater use.
ATI’s Radeon HD5450 cards are available now.