GeForce GTS 450 O/C Roundup: Six Custom-Tuned Cards

Test Settings

Test System Configuration
CPUIntel Core i3-530 (2.93 GHz, 4 MB Shared L3 Cache)
Overclocked to 4.00 GHz at 1.25 V, 200 MHz BCLK
MotherboardASRock P55 Extreme4 BIOS 1.42 (08-20-2010), Intel P55 Express, LGA 1156
RAMKingston KHX2133C9D3T1K2/4GX (4 GB), DDR3-2133 at DDR3-1600 CAS 7-7-7-21
OS Hard DriveWestern Digital Velociraptor WD3000HLFS, 300 GB, 10 000 RPM, SATA 3Gb/s, 16 MB cache
SoundIntegrated HD Audio
NetworkIntegrated Gigabit Networking
PowerOCZ-Z1000 1000 W Modular
ATX12V v2.2, EPS12V, 80 PLUS Gold
Software
OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
GeForce GraphicsNvidia Ion 260.63
ChipsetIntel INF 9.1.1.1020


Seeking a platform that represented the settings an enthusiastic GeForce GTS 450 buyer might employ, we pushed a Core i3-530 CPU to 4 GHz while keeping heat in check at 1.25 volts.

ASRock’s P55 Extreme4 was already on the bench from a previous review, and happens to match the high-value market that GeForce GTS 450 buyers are likely to embrace.

The one sticking point in our configuration, its memory was chosen for convenience. “Keeping it real” forced us to use settings that are possible with lower-cost parts.

Benchmark Configuration
3D Games 
Aliens Vs. Predator BenchmarkAlien vs Predator Benchmark Tool
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Campaign, Act III, Second Sun (45 sec. FRAPS)
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA
CrysisPatch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool
Test Set 1: Highest Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Quality, 4x AA
DiRT 2Run with -benchmark example_benchmark.xml
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of PripyatCall Of Pripyat Benchmark version
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x MSAA
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.0.1, System and GPU scores
FurMark 1.6.5Stability Test, 1920x1200, 4x AA
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  • Why isn't the noise each card makes tested? Any company could throw a vacuum cleaner on a card and call it the fastest.
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  • Or you could just get a GTX 460.... I'm 90% sure the price will drop sometime from this friday till next friday.
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  • Why isn't the noise each card makes tested? Any company could throw a vacuum cleaner on a card and call it the fastest.
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  • i have a palit gts 450 sonic (not platinum, clocked at 880MHz). very satisfied with it and can play everything (except crysis) on maximum settings @ 1680x1050. nvidia should lower the prices a bit and this card will be the bang for the buck!
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  • I agree Randomacts; A pimped out 450 leaves me at half mast at best. Maybe there are a few people out there that a 450 is all they want but seriously just get a 460 or 5770/5830.
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  • RandomactsOr you could just get a GTX 460.... I'm 90% sure the price will drop sometime from this friday till next friday.

    BUT I WANT ONE NOW!! >:(
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  • Well then, I guess arctic cooling can really make VGA cooling, especially since ECS and Sparkle use its cooling.
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  • I was hoping a GTX460 and an HD5770/5830 reference cards/price would also be included. It would have helped those considering to cards in a somewhat expanded range of choices to make a more meaningful decision.
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  • Interesting... I'd go for an MSI card or Zotac card then if those were my only options.

    I was hoping a GTX460 and an HD5770/5830 reference cards/price would also be included. It would have helped those considering to cards in a somewhat expanded range of choices to make a more meaningful decision.
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  • I would also really have liked to see than noise level in this article especially as I would consider one of these cards for an HTPC where noise is critical.
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  • Agreed Noise level test would have made this article near perfect.

    Love to see a price drop....hoping to buy :D
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  • ScortWhy isn't the noise each card makes tested? Any company could throw a vacuum cleaner on a card and call it the fastest.


    Exactly. If there is no noise tests the we can just assume they are loud. Really loud.
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  • wribbsI agree Randomacts; A pimped out 450 leaves me at half mast at best. Maybe there are a few people out there that a 450 is all they want but seriously just get a 460 or 5770/5830.

    bah .. i can find 2 X gts450 for the price of a GTX460 ... personnaly ill build a SLI GTS450 rig before a GTX460 or 470 .. sure you can add another GTX later, but you will need to put more money again and again
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  • well the article was well written but
    we need some ATI cards 5770 5750 to compare with because at this price point
    it had better beat them ;)
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  • @Thomas, you have a typo in the System Power Consumption and Relative System Power Consumption charts, in the second line in each chart should be GTS 450 as the reference not the GTX 460.
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  • In an article about value I find it odd that the first passing mention of any prices that I could find was on page 17. For convenience all the prices should be in the tables on the first page.

    Also, like others have noted, 5750/5770 should be included in testing. They are in the price range afterall.
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  • Why are you guys using GPU-Z 4.4 when 4.6 has been out for more than a month?
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  • The last "article" to spur GTS450 sales before this card gets lower margins by way of the 6000 series launch and inevitable 460GTX price drop.
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  • Quote:
    Why isn't the noise each card makes tested? Any company could throw a vacuum cleaner on a card and call it the fastest.


    Cause' this is Nvidia - it's all about bang for your buck.
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  • RandomactsOr you could just get a GTX 460.... I'm 90% sure the price will drop sometime from this friday till next friday.

    I believe only the 768 model is getting a drop from what I heard.
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  • RADIO_ACTIVEI believe only the 768 model is getting a drop from what I heard.


    I am thinking drop on Friday the 22nd, because that is when the NDA on 68xx performance expires.

    There is also supposed to be an Nvidia launch of a GTX 485 soon, wouldn't surprise me if they do it soon to steal some of AMD's thunder because... in reality, the 68xx series performs about the same as the 58xx, but costs much less. It is not until the 69xx series comes out that you ill see some whup ass performance... So it makes sense to kill AMD at the top around the same time if they can't kill AMD in the mainstream with a new product (only a price drop on the 460).
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