NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTS 450, Affordable DX11 Graphics

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As its GTS moniker denotes, NVIDIA's new GeForce GTS 450 is targeted at the mainstream market. That card'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. 

Along with a $129 (give or take) price tag, the GeForce GTS 450 is certainly more affordable than any other DX11-class GPU out there right now. Whether or not it’s worth the asking price remains to be seen, however. So let’s dig in and find out what the new GeForce GTS 450 is made of and if it deserves a place in your next system.

   
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acarzt replied on Mon, Sep 13 2010 3:31 AM

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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manoy385 replied on Mon, Sep 13 2010 5:13 AM

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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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Sep 13 2010 7:49 AM

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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Inspector replied on Mon, Sep 13 2010 2:56 PM

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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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Sep 13 2010 3:06 PM

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

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slugbug replied on Mon, Sep 13 2010 9:18 PM

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

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Inspector replied on Mon, Sep 13 2010 9:30 PM

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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realneil replied on Mon, Sep 13 2010 10:52 PM

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

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lonewolf replied on Tue, Sep 14 2010 2:03 PM

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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realneil replied on Tue, Sep 14 2010 2:15 PM

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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Inspector replied on Tue, Sep 14 2010 3:22 PM

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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acarzt replied on Tue, Sep 14 2010 6:05 PM

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.

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lonewolf replied on Fri, Sep 17 2010 9:47 PM

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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realneil replied on Fri, Sep 17 2010 10:22 PM

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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realneil replied on Sun, Sep 19 2010 6:24 PM

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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