Basically; I have a Sparkle GTS 450 1024MB DDR3 Card (SXS4501024S3NM); however the performance is nasty; especially compared to other cards. I know DDR3 will limit the card even thought it is on a 128-Bit bus but it feels like it's running more like a 64-Bit POV Model
3DMark06 it only scores 7600+ and Vantage only 4,000 but other users manage to crack 14,000 on 06 and 8000 - 12,000 on Vantage
I've also noticed in GPU-Z and nVidia Control Panel the Shader Amount, Clocks and Bandwidth are totally different to the site, lower in fact so I'm curious if my card is a duff or my PC is having something to do with this
I only really use this to play old games like Unreal Tournament 3, Sims 3, Dawn of War II etc etc
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ @ 3.00GHz
2GB DDR2 667 Ram
120GB Sata II HDD
Sparkle GTS450 1024MB DDR3
Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
BETA Drivers: 295.51
600W Corsair GS600
Sparkle got back to me; it is infact clocked lower with less Shaders then the standard model; apparently a "OEM from a different area". Apparently my System is fine but I took it back to Windows 7 Home 32-Bit as I had a disk spare.
Pretty disappointed I ended up getting sold a non standard as I was hoping to put it in my new PC I'm currently building. Still plays older games such as Unreal Tournament 3, Dawn of War II and Sims 3 at a healthy 40 - 60FPS (and up to 80FPS if I clock the Memory to 650MHz via MSI Afterburner) in Medium Setting at 1080p 1804 x 1014 so it's still usable.