A replacement for the current 2400 series, the HD 3450 is an entry level card. Like the high end HD 3850 (also reviewed this month), this card also has support for DirectX 10.1, to boost your PC with the power of HD. It's based on the 55nm fabrication process and has 181 million transistors. It comes with 40 stream processing units and has support for Shader Model 4.1. Even though it supports HDMI output, a dedicated port for the same was missing, which could have added to the overall value of the card. However, barring the missing HDMI port, it has support for CrossFire, HDTV and DVI.
Being an entry level card, it would be a bit too harsh to expect it to manage a good score in any of our tests, but the card did manage to show enough courage to at least play the graphically challenging tests at decent enough fps. In 3DMark06, it managed a score of 1534 which is good enough for an entry level card. While playing Company of Heroes, it managed an average score of around 20 fps under minimum setting (1024x760). Similarly, for Crysis it managed to play the game at minimum setting, but wasn't quite exciting. Same was the case with Unreal Tournament 3. Overall, the card is meant for people who want a basic graphics experience with good enough HD support, but certainly not for gamers.
Bottomline: The support for DirectX 10.1 and good enough HD support make it an ideal entry level card.