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

Zotac Amp Edition ZT-40502-10L

The only card in today’s lineup to provide a lifetime warranty, Zotac wins before testing even begins. Need we even bother with a further description?

OK, so maybe the shorter warranties of other products haven’t disqualified them quite yet, but Zotac certainly starts strong with that statement. Equally-unusual is its inclusion of a full-sized DisplayPort connection—an AMD-backed standard—on an Nvidia-based graphics card.

The unusual design continues with a shorter circuit board that more easily fits tight cases, and extends to a two-row connector set that includes both full-sized HDMI and twin dual-link DVI outputs. Over-the-top features like this could put Zotac into many hard-to-match configurations, be they twin dual-link displays or compact cases.

Zotac does economize on its cooling solution, its all-aluminum sink lacking even so much as a single heat-pipe. Yet, so long as this one stays cool enough, we can appreciate the card’s remaining strong points.

Those strong points include the second-fastest GPU clock of 875 MHz, which, in combination with the lifetime warranty, prove Zotac’s faith in its low-cost cooling solution. The memory is equally impressive at GDDR5-4000.

  • 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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  • 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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