Tweaking GeForce GTS 450's Value
A month has passed since we first put the spotlight on Nvidia’s GTS 450, comparing it to everything from the Radeon HD 4850 to the GeForce GTX 460. While the basic reference card wasn’t much of an upgrade from last year’s competing parts, its combination of low price and middling performance made it a worthy contender for new, low-cost gaming builds.
Several manufacturers were already prepared at launch to take this part to a higher level of performance, and today we examine a few examples of those efforts.
We invited all major manufacturers to show of their best parts, and six took us up on the offer. Before we move on to individual package descriptions, here’s a brief look at specification differences.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Asus ENGTS450 TOP/DI/1GD5||ECS Black GTS 450||Gigabyte GTS 450 GV-N450OC-1GI|
|GPU Clock||925 MHz||850 MHz||830 MHz|
|Shader Clock||1850 MHz||1700 MHz||1660 MHz|
|DVI||One Dual-Link||Two Dual-Link||Two Dual-Link|
|HDMI||Full HDMI||Mini HDMI||Mini HDMI|
|VGA||One 15-Pin||By Adapter||By Adapter|
|Output Adapters||None||DVI to HDMI DVI-I to VGA||Mini to Full HDMI DVI-I to VGA|
|Weight||19 Ounces||23 Ounces||20 Ounces|
|PCB Version||Custom||P1060 V1.0||3rd-party Reference|
|VRM||Four Phases||Four Phases||Four Phases|
|Warranty||Three Years||Three Years||Three Years|
|Header Cell - Column 0||MSI N450GTS Cyclone 1GD5/OC||Sparkle Calibre GTS 450 1024 MB||Zotac GTS 450 ZT-40502-10L|
|GPU Clock||850 MHz||850 MHz||875 MHz|
|Shader Clock||1700 MHz||1700 MHz||1750 MHz|
|DVI||Two Dual-Link||Two Dual-Link||Two Dual-Link|
|HDMI||Mini HDMI||Mini HDMI||Full HDMI|
|VGA||By Adapter||By Adapter||By Adapter|
|Output Adapters||DVI to HDMI DVI-I to VGA||HDMI Cable DVI-I to VGA||DVI-I to VGA|
|Weight||14 Ounces||22 Ounces||15 Ounces|
|PCB Version||P1060-000(B)||Nvidia P1060||Custom|
|VRM||Four Phases||Four Phases||Three Phases|
|Warranty||Three Years||Three Years||Lifetime|
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Or you could just get a GTX 460.... I'm 90% sure the price will drop sometime from this friday till next friday.Reply
Why isn't the noise each card makes tested? Any company could throw a vacuum cleaner on a card and call it the fastest.Reply
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!Reply
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.Reply
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!! >:(Reply
Well then, I guess arctic cooling can really make VGA cooling, especially since ECS and Sparkle use its cooling.Reply
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.Reply
Interesting... I'd go for an MSI card or Zotac card then if those were my only options.Reply
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.
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.Reply
Agreed Noise level test would have made this article near perfect.Reply
Love to see a price drop....hoping to buy :D