Product Type: Asus graphic cards
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A great budget graphics card!
Asus EAH5450/DI/1GD3 (LP)
Member Name: Jenraux
Asus EAH5450/DI/1GD3 (LP)
Advantages: Very cheap, good power for the price
Disadvantages: Being cheap means it isn't powerful enough to run the latest games at good settings
Graphics cards can be notoriously expensive, ranging from £20 all the way up to (and above) £200.
This is towards the lower end of that price range, the 1GB model which I am reviewing here, should cost between £20-£30.
It has 1GB of DDR3 memory, which is quite a lot for a budget card, it can also take an additional 1GB from your RAM, if you have any left to spare. The computer will auto-manage how much RAM your graphics card takes, so don't worry about it taking too much.
But basically, the main purpose of a graphics card is for gaming. Seeing as this is a budget card, don't expect it to run anything recent at fancy graphics settings, this is just a 'gets by' kind of card.
Games such as Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2 and Portal 2, can all run at a mixture of medium/high graphics settings, you can get away with 'high' graphics settings if you lower shadows/shading, remove anisotropic filtering and vsync and no antialiasing.
It has also been reported to run Skyrim on Low/Medium settings at a perfectly playable framerate.
Tribes: Ascend runs fine on Low settings (not minimal).
Test Drive Unlimited 2 runs at a mixture of low/medium.
Please note that all of these tests were taken with no memory taken from RAM, just the 1GB dedicated memory, if you have more RAM free on your system, the card will probably run the games better than I have said.
The card only takes 19W of power, which is a small amount, compared to the 40W of the Nvidia 8400GS which I upgraded from.
This is probably the best budget card out there for the moment, however that will probably change in a few weeks as more cards get released.
Summary: A great budget card, if you don't care for running at high settings, this card is for you.
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