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Asus EAH3450/DI/256M


$99.00 Released August, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Low profile design that will fit into HTPC builds. Provides sufficient performance for HD decoding, from both Blu-Ray and HD DVD, but don't expect much gaming performance with the 64-bit bus and 256MB of VRAM. The cooling system is silent, keeps the GPU reasonably cool for media uses, but not gaming.

The Cons:The passive cooler whilst quiet, is not capable of keeping the GPU cool underload, even if the GPU itself is capable of some low end gaming performance. Over scan issues when running 1080p, issue can be solved by changing refresh rate to 59hz, ATI/AMD acknowledges the issue. Buggy ATI drivers, users should stick to a version that works, even if there is a newer one out.

The Asus EAH3450/DI/256M is a video card specifically aimed at home theater users, and is not built for hardcore gamers. It supports full 1080p video, has a variety of output types, and can transmit in HDMI for 5.1 surround sound.

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It also has an integrated Unified Video Decoder for Blu-ray and HD-DVD. It also has a silent cooling system.

The processor is a 600MHz ATI Radeon HD 3450, working with 256MB of DDR2 memory. The memory itself is running at 800MHz with a 64-bit interface, making the card unsuitable for higher end gaming. The card fits in a standard PCI-E 2.0 slot, outputs in VGA, DVI-I, and HDMI, and can support a maximum resolution of 1920x1200 on a digital monitor.

Features

  • 600MHz ATI Radeon HD 3450
  • PCI Express 2.0
  • 256MB DDR2 memory
  • 800MHz ( 400 MHz DDR2 ) memory click (64-bit)
  • 1920 x 1200 resolution (CRT Max Resolution 2048 x 1536)
  • 2 x VGA, DVI-I, and HDMI outputs
  • Low Profile
  • Silent cooling

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Pros
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    Low profile design that will fit into HTPC builds

  • 1

    Provides sufficient performance for HD decoding, from both Blu-Ray and HD DVD, but don't expect much gaming performance with the 64-bit bus and 256MB of VRAM

  • 1

    The cooling system is silent, keeps the GPU reasonably cool for media uses, but not gaming

  • 1

    Cheap and offers video output options that covers all the bases for a media PC build

  • 1

    Good ASUS warranty support, although rebate time can be a hit or miss

Cons
  • 1

    The passive cooler whilst quiet, is not capable of keeping the GPU cool underload, even if the GPU itself is capable of some low end gaming performance

  • 1

    Over scan issues when running 1080p, issue can be solved by changing refresh rate to 59hz, ATI/AMD acknowledges the issue

  • 1

    Buggy ATI drivers, users should stick to a version that works, even if there is a newer one out

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