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Budget Graphics Card Roundup

Budget Graphics Card Roundup

HIS Radeon HD3450 256MB Silence edition

The HIS HD 3450 256MB Silence edition card is supplied inside a typical cardboard box with mediocre information. Inside the box you will find an offer for STEAM games, a very basic manual, a drivers CD and a DVI to D-Sub (VGA) adapter. A DVI to HDMI dongle is included but it is marked as optional equipment. So if you plan to use this card for HTPC use make sure the version you buy has this item.

The HIS HD 3450 256MB card is built on a low-profile blue PCB, but the size of the heatsink requires a full height expansion slot for the card to fit. HIS claim that this is a sub-20dB card, and we can easily assure you as the cooling solution is a large passive heatsink there is no audible noise whatsoever. The RV620 core is clocked at 600MHz which is the reference figure for HD3450 cards, but the memory clocks are down to 800MHz, 200MHz less than the reference design. Qimonda HYB18TS121618F-25 DDR2 memory chips are being used, rated at 2.5ns rather than the 2ns chips found on other HD3450 solutions.

The card requires no external power and has a D-Sub port, a mini-DIN video out and a DVI port. By using a DVI to HDMI adapter, the card supports 1080p and audio pass-through, making it an excellent choice for HTPC use.

Note: After spending some time trying to activate ATi’s Powerplay feature, it seems that HIS somehow disabled it on their card. This doesn’t affect the performance of the card at all, but the GPU will not clock down when in 2D mode, therefore the card will always run at full power without any power savings.

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