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  • @boybastos11

    Your HD 5450 has 80 shaders. It's really not for gaming.
    The 6450 has 160, while the R5 230 has 320.

    Between the two, I suggest upgrading to the R5 230 because:
    1. has much better performance due to the higher shader count and newer GCN 1.1 GPU architecture.
    2. lower TDP (19w) than the 6450 (27w)
  • thank you sir awakeruze!

    so just to confirm. malalaro ko yung mga racing games ng matino tino kesa sa 5450 ko at the same time I would not expect a higher electric bill? di nman ako hard core gamer. I just wanted to be able to play games na medyo ok ang FPS.
  • May alam kayo HTPC case na pang full-ATX? Meron si Fractal yung Node 605 kaso wala naman mabilhan dito...
  • sir awakeruze...

    nag search ako sa google. sabi eh parehas lang daw ang shaders ng 6450 at R5230 na 160 daw. tama ba ito?
  • @boybastos11
    Crap, I made two mistakes.
    1. It appears that there's 2 different GPUs having the same Radeon R5 230 name.

    One is a rebadged 6450, while there's a newer one based on the GCN architecture but only has 80 shaders.

    2. I was looking at the R5 M230 (mobile GPU) <click here for link>

    At this stage, your best bet is a Geforce GT 730 64-bit. Take note of "64-bit", because it denotes a newer GPU compared to the earlier 128-bit version. <click here for link>

    As much as possible, get the GT 730 64-bit with GDDR5 video RAM, because the faster GDDR5 has a performance boost over one with DDR3 video RAM.
    This situation is similar to AMD APUs where having faster RAM (DDR3-1866 or 2133) will result in higher FPS compared to DDR-1333.

    However, the GT 730 has a higher TDP (23-25 watts) so the electric bill might increase a bit when gaming for long hours, but for light tasks, it shouldn't be an issue.

    -- edited by awakeruze on Nov 01 2014, 01:27 AM

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