Mass Effect 2
As we’ve shown in an earlier report, Mass Effect 2 is not a very demanding application if you don’t turn on FSAA. The inexpensive Radeon HD 5000 series cards agree with us: you can even play the game in the 1080p mode on the Radeon HD 5570 whereas the Radeon HD 5670 can give you a nice reserve of speed at that resolution.
You can also try to use the Radeon HD 5450 at 1360x768 but there can be occasional slowdowns in gameplay. Perhaps it is better to lower the game’s settings. As you can learn from our Mass Effect 2 review, the visuals won’t suffer much whereas the frame rate may grow up considerably.
Colin McRae: Dirt 2
We enable DirectX 11 mode for graphics cards that support it.
It is a real pleasure to drive a virtual car on a big screen. We have no doubt many HTPC users would appreciate the opportunity to play a racing sim on a large LCD panel. The Radeon HD 5670 allows using the highest-quality DirectX 11 mode but cannot deliver a high enough bottom speed even at 1360x768. The resolution of 1920x1080 is totally unplayable. The older Radeon HD 4000 series cards and the GeForce GT 220/240 cope much better with this game even though their graphics quality is inferior (they don’t support DirectX 11). Of course, you can switch into DirectX 9 mode, but you may want to purchase a Radeon HD 5750 or 5770 to enjoy Dirt 2 fully.
The game did not launch on the Radeon HD 5450 at 1920x1080. At 1360x768, this graphics card has a very low frame rate, making the game unplayable.
We use DirectX 11 and DirectX 10.1 modes for graphics cards that support them.
This beautiful real-time strategy can be no less visually stunning on a big screen than a fighting or a racing sim. Here, the Radeon HD 5670 does well at 1360x768, although its bottom frame rate, like that of the other tested cards, is low. At 1920x1080 the card’s average speed falls below 25 fps. We must confess that the DirectX 11 mode has but a very small effect on the game’s visuals but improves speed. This doesn’t help the Radeon HD 5670 much in its contest with the Radeon HD 4770.
The most inexpensive Redwood and Cedar-based cards are absolutely helpless here. Even if you don’t use FSAA, you can get no faster than 20 fps at best. The bottom speed is as low as 5 fps, effectively transforming the game into a slideshow. And you can’t do anything about that even by dropping all settings to their minimums. This seems to be the final proof that the Radeon HD 5450 is not a gaming graphics card.
Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
We minimize the CPU’s influence by using the Extreme profile (1920x1200, 4x FSAA and anisotropic filtering). We also publish the results of the individual tests at the HD resolutions of 1360x768 and 1920x1080 without FSAA.
You can’t set any 3DMark records with a Radeon HD 5670, 5570 or 5450, that’s clear. The latter card sets a kind of an anti-record, scoring less than 500 points, though. Anyway, the most advanced of these Radeons is somewhat ahead of the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5. The compact and functional Radeon HD 5570 leaves no chance to the GeForce GT 220 and Radeon HD 4670.
It’s somewhat different in the individual tests: the Radeon HD 5670 both try to compete with the GeForce GTS 250 and even succeed at the resolution of 1360x768. The Radeon HD 5570 lacks fast memory. It is competitive to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 in the HD-ready mode but slows down in the full-HD mode because of that. The Radeon HD 5450 fails as a gaming graphics card again.