It's rare to see a rumor -- hell, even a roadmap -- pinpoint the timing of new releases quite so accurately, but our earlier report of ATI refreshing
the middle and lower parts of its lineup turned out to be bang on. Following in the footsteps of the HD 5670
, we have the Radeon HD 5450, which drags the entry price for DirectX 11 and Eyefinity
multi-monitor support all the way down to $50. Course, the processing power inside isn't going to be on par with its elder siblings
, but that also means the 5450 will run cool enough to be offered with half-height, passive cooling solutions as seen above. ATI's focus here is on media PCs, with a DisplayPort, um... port, alongside HDMI 1.3a, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio bitstreaming
support. For the money, you really can't argue with all this extra multimedia juice, but if you must have benchmarks to sate your soul, check out the early reviews below -- they're full of bar charts and performance comparisons, don't you know.