We’ve seen several solutions from several companies, yet we still need to decide which card is the best buy. Asus has the highest clock, MSI has the lowest price, and Zotac offers the best warranty. How much are each of these factors really worth?
Normally, we consider a lifetime warranty to be worth around $20 more than a 3-year warranty, and that valuation would put Zotac in the lead. The card also has several exclusive features that could put it on top, such as a DisplayPort connection and full-sized HDMI, in combination with twin dual-link DVI outputs. Another compelling feature is its shorter length and standard height, dimensions that allow it to fit into a wider variety of systems. Put all of those together with the second-highest factory overclock (generating temperatures well below thermal limits), and the oversized coolers of its competitors begin to look more like gimmick than value.
Yet we can’t give Zotac an award, at least not yet in the U.S., since poor availability makes it extremely difficult to buy. That leaves Asus and MSI as top picks for U.S. buyers who need a card right now, depending on how important efficiency is to you.
- Tweaking GeForce GTS 450's Value
- Asus ENGTS450 DirectCU TOP/DI/1GD5
- Asus Overclocking Utilities
- ECS Black GTS 450
- Gigabyte GV-N450-1GI
- MSI N450GTS Cyclone 1GD5/OC
- MSI Overclocking Utilities
- Sparkle Calibre X450G
- Zotac Amp Edition ZT-40502-10L
- Zotac Overclocking Utilities
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark Vantage
- Benchmark Results: Alien Vs. Predator
- Benchmark Results: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 2
- Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
- Relative Performance, Heat, And Power
- Efficiency, Price, And Performance Value