Thanks for sharing, Hooch! A topic of great interest to me at the moment.
I WISH they'd have compared these using a system with integrated graphics. To me, that's really the option. Why baseline with a Radeon 5450 instead of an integrated HD 3000 (or an earlier IGP) to give you the "true cost of discrete" instead of a "cost of higher-end discrete versus some randomly chosen lower-end discreet".
Today, would anyone actually buy a 5450 (or similar entry-level discreet) with a new machine versus an integrated option? Why? Honest question. Too dinky for any real modern gaming and it doesn't seem like you're getting any real advantage anymore over an IGP. Especially when compared with the new Sandy Bridge IGP's that more than hold their own (http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...2100-tested/11