The 15-pin VGA connector is common to most monitors and high definition television.You can connect your LCD or CRT monitor / TV with D-sub VGA connector.
Equipped with the most popular Dual Link DVI (Digital Visual Interface), this card is able to display ultra high resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz.
HDMI (with 3D)
Support for Deep Color, 7.1 High Bitrate Audio, and 3D Stereoscopic, ensuring the highest quality Blu-ray and video experience possible from your PC.
40nm Process Technology
Cutting edge manufacturing process allows for efficient, high performance parts which use less power than their predecessors.
The latest PCI-Express 2.0 specification doubles data throughput from 2.5Gbps to 5Gbps allowing you to exploit the full performance potential of your graphics card.
AMD HD3D Technology
Enjoy the most immersive experience possible with full support for High Definition Stereoscopic 3D, a technique that presents 2D images (movies, games, photos) in a format that creates the illusion of three-dimensional depth when using compatible 3D displays / glasses / software.
Microsoft DirectX® 11
Get intense gaming performance and unrivalled image quality with stunning 3D visual effects, realistic lighting and lifelike imagery with SAPPHIRE graphics cards supporting DirectX®11. New features in DirectX®11 such as Hardware Tesselation, HDR Texture Compression, Multi-threading support and DirectCompute bring lifelike gaming and an experience never possible on a PC before.
Supports the latest OpenGL API (Application Programming Interface) to accelerate performance of applications outside of DirectX®, i.e. Adobe Autodesk 2D/3D graphic design.
Shader Model 5.0
Supports the latest Shader Model 5.0 feature set including VTF (Vertex Texture Fetch) which is a key feature used extensively in many of the games that ship today. Without support for this feature the game will fall back to a lesser shader path resulting in the loss of cool, lifelike effects made possible by Shader Model 5.0
AMD Catalyst Control Center™
The AMD Catalyst Control Center™ software application gives you complete control over the performance and visual quality of your SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon™ based graphics card allowing for the best experience on your PC.
Dolby® TrueHD and DTSHD Master Audio™ Support
Support for copy protected, high bandwidth, 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI. Get a fully immersive, high definition audio experience with the latest Blu-ray movies. (Requires a DVI to HDMI dongle on some models, an HD capable monitor and a Blu-ray drive)
TeraScale Graphics Engine
The TeraScale graphics engine in the AMD Radeon™ features over one teraFLOPS, nearly one billion transistors and numerous stream processors so you can enjoy the high resolutions and fast frame rates previously only available with dual-card systems.
AMD Advanced Parallel Processing technology
Accelerate the most demanding applications by offloading parallel data compute tasks from the CPU to GPU, dividing the tasks as evenly as possible for improved system performance and reliability.
Enhanced Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD 3)
Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p (and beyond !) display resolution. Enjoy a feature rich video experience with enhanced Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD 3), offloading the bulk of the video decoding tasks from the CPU to the GPU allowing for a cooler, quieter and more balanced system.
Enhanced Internet Browser Applications
Not just for video and games, the power of your GPU can now accelerate the latest versions of some Internet browsers (IE9/Mozzilla FireFox) utilising Direct 2D rendering for a faster and more responsive browsing experience including high quality image rendering and media playback.
Microsoft Office 2010
Take advantage of improved picture and media editing capabilities in Office 2010 as well as edit and share your content in real time.
See more, and get more done. Enhanced productivity with accelerated GPU processing for Office applications.
Windows® 7 support
WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) Certified drivers and logos are available for all SAPPHIRE HD2000, HD3000, HD4000 and HD5000 series cards ensuring compatibility and reliability with Microsoft Windows 7.
AMD App Acceleration
AMD App Acceleration is a set of technologies designed to improve video quality and enhance application performance. Full enablement of some features requires support for OpenCL, DirectCompute or DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA).
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I just needed a cheap card that had dual-link DVI to power desktop and play some occasional internet video. This card does a great job and does it without any noise, no squealing no fans. I just wish it had a displayport output instead of VGA or HDMI.
I bought to upgrade from a Radeon HD4350 and there is a noticeable difference in performance. The 4350 was ported to an hdmi adapter which worked al-right but I needed more power to run the video on the HTPC so this 6450 does well and I don't have to worry about the handling of any files as long as I have the codex.
I needed a very basic card, only because my motherboard did not have a video output port built-in. So I grabbed one of these. I'm not a gamer and I don't edit videos, so I wasn't going to pay hundreds for a wicked graphics card.
My basic requirement was (1) play Youtube videos; (2) watch an occasional movie. That's all. Now this card DOES do that but it lags slightly when it comes to very high HD quality Youtube videos. 720p movies work fine, but I'd imagine 1080p ones might be problematic, although I haven't tried them yet. Also, the fact that I'm using Windows 8 could be an issue. Maybe a lighter system would do better. Still, I mostly use this computer for work so it's not a big deal for me. I may have to upgrade somewhere down the road.
Bought as a temporary card after my 8800gt finally died. Paired with my C2D 6750 (2.6ghz), I loaded up World of Warcraft. Expected it to be unplayable, but to my surprise in 1080p, with "good" settings (water turned to low) it's doing 25-30fps in Orgrimmar. Handles Minecraft no problem. Max Payne 3 in 720p is very playable with normal settings.
durability is the only concern as with all video cards. Have never dealt with sapphire, so i can't say about customer support. These two things are usually the most important part of buying a video card.
I bought this for a budget card for a new system build. I wanted a card that provided adequate video playback capabilities, and the ability to connect to an HDTV. This card offers that. It's also silent, and comes in at a very reasonable price.
I was looking for a cheap and silent card to replace my aging HD 3650 and got this card pricematched. It is a nice performance boost over the HD3650 and it was pretty much one of the only good fanless cards I could find. Of course, it doesn't perform that well compared to the other cards currently out there, but if you are looking for a video card for HTPC, this is definitely what you need.
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