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

Gigabyte GV-N450-1GI

Gigabyte sent its card before the retail box had been printed, but a quick check of the largest shopping sites shows that this card ships with a DVI-to-VGA and a mini-HDMI-to-full-HDMI adapter.

Gigabyte’s cooler design is similar to the third-party universal cooler employed by ECS, but has been custom fitted to this particular card. That custom fitment removes any excess space between the sink and card, making this a two-slot design.

With a layout lifted completely from the reference card, the GV-N450-1GI relies on its twin-fan cooler and factory overclock to stand out from the crowd.

A GPU clock of 830 MHz and GDDR5-3608 appear very conservative for a card with this much cooling, though users are welcome to try for even more performance. Gigabyte had no overclocking software of its own for this particular model by the end of September, but the card does work with several universal utilities available over the ‘net.

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