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ZOTAC Announces GeForce GTS 450 ZONE Edition

ZOTAC Announces GeForce GTS 450 ZONE Edition

ZOTAC introduced the silent GeForce GTS 450 ZONE Edition graphics card. This card was designed for users that demand Microsoft DirectX 11 visuals and noise-free cooling. The ZOTAC GeForce GTS 450 ZONE Edition combines the GeForce GTS 450 graphics processor with a dual-slot fan-less cooling system that features copper heat-pipes and aluminum fins. When paired with compatible audio equipment and software, the ZOTAC GeForce GTS 450 ZONE Edition can stream Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio codecs over the card's 1080p ready HDMI output. DVI and DisplayPort outputs are also available.

ZOTAC® Debuts Silent GeForce® GTS 450 ZONE® Edition

New ZOTAC® GeForce® GTS 450 ZONE® Edition pairs DirectX® 11-capable GPU with noise-less cooling

HONG KONG – Nov. 22, 2011 – ZOTAC® International, a leading innovator and channel manufacturer, today debuts the silently quick GeForce® GTS 450 ZONE® Edition for users that demand stunning Microsoft® DirectX® 11 visuals and noise-less cooling.

The ZOTAC® GeForce® GTS 450 ZONE® Edition takes the award-winning GeForce® GTS 450 graphics processor with 192 high-performance shaders and passively cools it using a ZOTAC®-exclusive dual-slot fan-less cooling system that features copper heat-pipes and aluminum fins to keep the graphics processor cool while operating silently.

“ZOTAC® listens to the demands of silent computing users and their needs for more graphics power, which is why we created the GeForce® GTS 450 ZONE® Edition,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC® International. “With the ZOTAC® GeForce® GTS 450 ZONE® Edition we struck the perfect balance of 3D performance and energy-efficiency to eliminate the cooling fan, as well as the external power connector.”

The ZOTAC® GeForce® GTS 450 ZONE® Edition is the ultimate graphics card for home theater PCs with it’s 1080p ready HDMI output capable of bitstreaming the loss-less Dolby® Digital TrueHD and DTS®-HD Master Audio codecs when paired with compatible audio equipment and software. Hardware-accelerated high-definition video decoding enables the ZOTAC® GeForce® GTS 450 ZONE® Edition to playback cinematic Blu-ray 3D movies smoothly and beautifully.

It’s time to play with the ZOTAC® GeForce® GTS 450 ZONE® Edition.

General details

  • New ZOTAC® GeForce® GTS 450 ZONE® Edition graphics card
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 450 GPU
  • Engine clock: 600 MHz
  • 192 unified shaders
  • Shader clock: 1200 MHz
  • 1GB DDR3 memory
  • Memory clock: 1333 MHz
  • 128-bit memory interface
  • DVI, HDMI & DisplayPort outputs
  • DirectX® 11 technology & Shader Model 5.0
  • OpenGL® 4.2 compatible
  • NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology
  • Full HD video playback
  • Blu-ray 3D ready
  • Loss-less audio bitstream capable

Specifications:

 Product Name

ZOTAC® GeForce® GTS 450 ZONE® Edition

GPU

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 450

Engine Clock speed

600 MHz

Unified Shaders

192

Shader Clock

1200 MHz

Memory Clock speed

1333 MHz

Memory

1GB DDR3

Memory interface

128-bit

Display Outputs

DVI, HDMI & DisplayPort

HDCP

Yes

Cooling

Passive (dual-slot)

DirectX® version

DirectX® 11 with Shader Model 5.0

Other hardware features

Hardware accelerated Blu-ray 3D ready

Software Features

Hardware Video Decode Acceleration Technology, NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology, OpenGL® 4.2

Windows 7 capability

Windows® 7 with DirectCompute support

 

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That is one hell of a heatsink but I guess that is what you need for a passively cooled GPU now a days.

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But a 450 is useless for anything other than solitaire so I completely don't understand the reason why this was even released.

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Passively cooled; sweet... The 450 is somewhat powerful and this may work on a HTPC but I don't know if there's any real reason to have this?

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Yeah, looks like its a HTPC card.

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Useless for gaming, but it'll make a decent HTPC or studio computer card, where graphics loads are not too high. I like the heatsink though :)

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That is a massive cooling array I agree with Taylor for his reasoning as well as mine that is is probably pointlessly over expensive for what you would get in return compared to other GPU's in and on the market.

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