NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 Affordable DX11 GPU - HotHardware

NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 Affordable DX11 GPU

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NVIDIA’s reference specifications call for a 783MHz GPU clock, with 1566MHz CUDA cores, and 902MHz GDDR5 memory (3608MHz effective data rate). With those frequencies, stock GeFore GTS 450 cards offer 57.7GB/s of memory bandwidth with a 25.1GigaTexel/s textured fillrate. As is typically the case with mainstream NVIDIA GPU’s, however, board partners will be releasing cards clocked somewhat higher than the reference specifications recommend.

We got our hands on two cards for the purpose of this launch article, the EVGA GeForce GTS 450 FTW Edition and the Asus EN450GTS TOP.

  

  
EVGA GeForce GTS 450 FTW

The EVGA GeForce GTS 450 FTW Edition looks just like NVIDIA’s reference design, save the custom decals in its fan shroud and fan. EVGA’s offering is clocked much higher though. The card you see pictured here features a 920MHz core GPU clock, with 1840MHz CUDA cores, and 1025MHz (4100MHz effective) memory, which offers up 65.6GB/s of peak bandwidth.

Thy physical layout and EVGA’s card is identical to NVIDIA’s reference cards, however. It features a single, center-mounted fan on its dual-slot cooler and its output configuration consists of dual, dual-link DVI outputs and a single mini-HDMI output. The card requires only a single PCI Express 6-pin supplemental power connector.

 

  

  
Asus ENGTS450TOP

Asus’ ENGTS450 TOP sports a somewhat higher GPU clock—925MHz / 1850MHz to be exact—but its memory is clocked just a bit lower at 1000MHz (4000MHz effective). Asus does, however, equip their card with a custom cooler with heavy-duty copper heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU. Asus calls the feature DirectCU. The cooler did a great job of keeping the ENGTS450 TOP running cool and it was also nice and quiet. Although, the reference cards were quiet too. In fact, after hours of benchmarks, the fans never spun up to the point where they were audible over other system components and the cards were still cool enough to touch and handle.

Asus has also tweaked the output configuration on the EN450GTS TOP. As you can see, the card has a single HDMI connector alongside VGA and DVI outputs.

  

 

Each of the retail cards we tested came with similar bundles. The cards included basic user’s manuals, driver discs, and 6-pin PCI Express power adapters. EVGA also throws in a DVI-to-VGA adapter, but that’s not needed with the Asus card because it has a VGA output.

Both companies also include their own proprietary tweaking and overclocking utilities with their cards.

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I'd like to see a pair of these in SLI face off against a GTX 480.

If they are comparable... for $260 those 450s would be a STEAL!

 

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To Clarify... a pair of those for $260 :-P

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Its performance is somewhere in between a 5750 and a 5770. What's surprising though is this actually gets beaten by a GTS 250 in some games namely Modern Warfare 2 and Crysis. It could have something to do with the drivers and the game engines though. The redeeming factor for these cards is its scaling in SLI. Much like the GTX 460, performance almost doubles with two cards.

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This card shines in what I think the only game that matters the most right now which is Star Craft 2.  It absolutely destroys its ATI counterpart in this game.  On older games though, its pretty much on par with the 5750.

I don't know why people still run benchmarks on Crysis.  IMO it's unoptimized garbage that nobody plays. Even Crysis Warhead which was supposed to be "optimized" is horrible, I hate seeing my video card only use 30-50% gpu usage everytime I play, compared to all real "heavy" games like BFBC2 and Far Cry 2  where I can see the GPU usage max out efficiently.

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I totally agree with you crow but the game has become sort of a poster child for how to crush a graphics card based on that inefficiency alone. Inevitably, when we post a review without it, we get folks chiming in with that stupid line "but can it run...?" Or they flat out ask us to run it and are genuinely interested in it as a frame of reference. That said, we plan to kill it from our benchmark suite VERY soon.

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Great news! Hopefully not replaced by Crysis 2. lol unless Crysis 2 turns out to be really awesome (which it probably will be).

Yeah I don't really blame the reviewers so much, moreso people in the tech community that still look at it as THE benchmark (the same kind of people who are only interested in numbers but overlook the context of the numbers and the review most of the time).

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Wow, the Just Cause 2 performance is great! The overclocked versions actually beat the 5770.  I was expecting them to clean the ATI cards in DX11 games for sure but it's nice to see just how this thing performs in a DX9/10 game.

 

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lol when we on HH say "but can it run...?" we are just joking, Most of us that is... :P

So you guys going to have a review on this one right? Would be looking forward to seeing how it will compare with the few higher cards and in SLI.

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Umm.. Inspect, click one of the images of the cards above. :)

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And for the folders out there this card can keep up with a GTX 460 when overclocked.

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Dave_HH:

Umm.. Inspect, click one of the images of the cards above. :)

O.o, lol change in style i see xD, im just use to clicking word links -.-.

Thanks for the heads up :D

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These cards OC quite well. This seems to be the beginning of a slap down by NVIDIA across the board,........

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