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 am anxious to read this article Dave but I keep getting an error message since yesterday when I try to access the link.

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lonewolf:

I am anxious to read this article Dave but I keep getting an error message since yesterday when I try to access the link.

You can click on the two pictures, each one leads to the review.

Or here is a corrected link for what you're looking for.

 

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lonewolf:

I am anxious to read this article Dave but I keep getting an error message since yesterday when I try to access the link.

LOL see Dave, you guys should go back to leaving a orange link :D

 

Lonewolf, also try reading the thread as well :D

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Or you noobs could click the article from the home page lol

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I think Nvidia enjoys the fact that they have a good grasp on the gaming market. Mostly because they listen to their customers!

Simple concept really! Kinda like Sye Sperlling.....He's not only the spokesman for hair club for men, He's also a client :P

Havent had a chance to try my GTS250 Bcuz I dont play to many games. It is good to see that Nvidia is averaging out their prices to be competitive with Amd.

I know now, if I could have waited I would have gone with the New Quadros instead of being raped by the Fires :P

I always thought FTW meant...F%#@ That Wally! This article made me finally do a search.....Learn something new everyday, I always say :)

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Good card but I have to agree that after a year on the market and with AMD soon releasing their 6 series and what kind of performance it will bring might be worth the wait. 

It might be me but the bandwidth on this card seemed awfully low. I understand it is not an enthusiast card and it is recommended for 22" and below monitors, but to game decent with that low of bandwidth seems like a stretch.  The numbers say it's capable but that stood out to me.

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lonewolf:
I have to agree that after a year on the market and with AMD soon releasing their 6 series

I thought that these GTS450's were just released and are a brand new item? I too am interested in the 6K series cards soon to be released, but I wonder how much adaptation of some of NVIDIA's bling will occur? (think CUDA & PHYS-X)

ATI needs to get a handle on this stuff, or not,......

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^Unfortunately AMD had to abandon their Physics project once again since the lead guy left the project. I have no idea what the status of that is now, but its most likely dead on the water.  As for ATI stream, they just relased an improved SDK 2 months ago but they still have a long way to go before its as easy to use as CUDA or as big an adoption rate.  Just look at how big GTC 2010 will be this year (starts this week)

 

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I'd like to see them just cleave to a single standard that provides what we want to see. Then their cards could stand on their merits, and we wouldn't be losing certain capabilities just because we bought One Brand instead of the other. Propitiatory technology isn't always a good thing for the consumer.

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Technically, you aren't losing certain capabilities and its more like one manufacturer isn't making anything out of their good hardware while the other one is working hard on developing stuff for it.

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