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

Asus ENGTS450 DirectCU TOP/DI/1GD5

Listed on the box without the first space in its name (as ENGTS450), Asus’ TOP GTS 450 is also the highest-clocked part in today’s comparison.

Asus makes room for a full-sized HDMI port on its ENGTS450 TOP by ridding the card of its second DVI output and replacing it with VGA. While that might disappoint some DVI monitor users, industry-standard adapters are able to convert from HDMI to single-link DVI and vice-versa.

Compatibility with standard adapters is really important, since the card doesn’t include any. What it does include is that previously mentioned high-overclock and a mid-sized software suite.

Asus turns its PCIe power connector to face outward, rather than towards the front. While this could help it avoid drive clearance issues in some small tower cases, the optical drive or power supply locations of some cube-shaped enclosures could make cable installation a challenge.

A GPU clock of 925 MHz and GDDR5-4000 could give the ENGTS450 TOP a significant advantage over stock-speed cards, though competing overclocked models aren’t very far behind.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.