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

ECS Black GTS 450

Funny story: the roundup invitations we sent in the first week of September contained a typo, referring to the “GTX 450." ECS responded in kind by sending review samples of its NBGTS450-1GPI-F graphics cards with the label “Black GTX 450." The company later changed its package to reflect the actual model name, and the naming mystery encountered by other review sites has now been solved.

The Black GTS 450 uses Nvidia’s reference PCB design along with Arctic Cooling’s Accelero Twin Turbo Pro universal cooler. The reference PCB requires adapters to host VGA and full-sized DVI connectors, while the universal cooler transforms the card into a tripe-slot design.

The unfortunate side effect of using a universal cooler design is that it lacks clearance for onboard components like capacitors and voltage regulator chokes. Thus, while the finished product requires three slots of mounting space, one slot of that space is “wasted” between the sink and the card to prevent compatibility issues with other board designs. And yet, that space isn’t completely wasted, since it provides extra room for air to exit the sink.

ECS ties for third-place in clock frequency at 850MHz GPU, GDDR5-4000. While this setting isn’t very aggressive, the card’s oversized sink will allow buyers to test the upper-reaches of GPU overclocking without overheating.

ECS doesn’t, however, include an overclocking utility. Fortunately, one of its competitor’s collaborations with RivaTuner has made that universal software freely available to use with any brand of card.

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  • Anonymous
    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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  • Randomacts
    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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  • Anonymous
    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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  • carlhenry
    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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  • wribbs
    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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  • hemburger
    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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  • aznshinobi
    Well then, I guess arctic cooling can really make VGA cooling, especially since ECS and Sparkle use its cooling.
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  • jestersage
    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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  • jestersage
    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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  • quiky87
    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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  • sudeshc
    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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  • cinergy
    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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  • HTDuro
    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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  • spentshells
    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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  • hellseeker666
    @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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  • kettu
    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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  • nforce4max
    Why are you guys using GPU-Z 4.4 when 4.6 has been out for more than a month?
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  • LORD_ORION
    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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  • tom thumb
    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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  • RADIO_ACTIVE
    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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  • LORD_ORION
    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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