Testing Methods

As always we've aimed to test the systems in likely, real-world scenarios that integrated graphics would be used for. We manual played the games and recorded the FPS using FRAPS 3.03, preferring to use games and a 1,280 x 800 resolution likely used by HDTVs and scaled down from mainstream, widescreen TFT sizes: 19in to 21in.

For the video playback testing, we used h.264 clips, trailers and Blu-ray discs, in popular paid-for and free softwares, to measure CPU usage and power consumption in all the platforms. During these tests, the PSU listed below was replaced with a 350W Enermax Eco80 in order to represent a typical, low power and budget ATX PSU that could be paired with these PCs. We also used an Iiyama 21in FullHD (1,920 x 1,080) monitor with HDCP (over DVI) in the Blu-ray playback tests.

Radeon HD 5450 Review: HTPC Heaven? Testing Methods
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PCs Tested:


    • ATI Radeon HD 5450 512MB
    • AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition: 3.1GHz (15.5x200MHz), 2 core, 2 thread.
    • 4GB DDR3 1,333MHz SPD settings
    • MSI 785G-E65 with 128MB 1,333MHz GDDR3 Sideport Memory (500MHz Radeon HD 4200 IGP, 2.4 BIOS)


    • Intel Core i5-661: 3.33GHz (25x133MHz), 900MHz Intel GMA HD IGP, 2 core, 4 thread, TurboBoost Enabled
    • Intel Core i3-530: 2.93GHz (22x133MHz), 733MHz Intel GMA HD IGP, 2 core, 4 thread.
    • 4GB DDR3 1,333MHz SPD settings
    • Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H motherboard (F5m BIOS)


    • Intel Core 2 Duo E8500: 3.16GHz (9.5x333MHz), 2 core, 2 thread.
    • 4GB DDR2 800MHz at SPD settings
    • DFI LANParty Jr. GF9400-T2RS (GeForce 9400 IGP at 580MHz/1,400MHz, 421 BIOS)

Common Components

  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB hard disk
  • PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750W PSU
  • Windows 7 Home Premium x64
  • Intel WHQL
  • GeForce Driver 196.21 WHQL
  • ATI Catalyst 9.12 WHQL
  • ATI Catalyst 8.69 RC3 (Jan 14th)

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