This is a sample direct from AMD, so there are no packaging or accessories. There will be several versions of the card brought to market, one with 1GB of DDR3 memory and one with 512MB of GDDR5. There will also be active and passive versions released.
We have the actively cooled GDDR5 version for review today.
The HD6450 takes enough power from the PCI E slot so there are no power connectors needed. There are three output connectors on the back – VGA, HDMI and DVI. They can all be used at the same time to power three screens in Eyefinity. We would assume that partners will bundle converters and perhaps even ditch the VGA connector, offering additional digital output connectors.
When the cooler is removed we get full access to the PCB, which is black, rather than a traditional red. The heatsink is small, but we wouldn’t expect the card to produce much heat anyway.
An overview of the 40nm ‘Caicos’ HD6450, highlighting the core clock at 750mhz and the GDDR5 memory at 900mhz (3,600mhz effective) across a 64 bit memory interface. We are using an updated beta version of Catalyst 11.4.