As we know though, not all cards are created equal, and the ASUS GeForce GTS 450 TOP 1GB is a case in point. It takes the Nvidia reference design and injects some steroid-like features into the mix, with a custom heatsink, improved power distribution, voltage tweaking, and an aggressive factory overclock out of the box. From where we sit, it seems ASUS is going for the jugular here, throwing its considerable weight into what appears to be a mini juggernaut of a card.
NVIDIA recently earned its reputation back with the GF104 Fermi-based GeForce GTX 460; a video card that dominated the price point even before it dropped to $179 USD and completely ruled the middle market. Priced to launch at $129, the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 packs 192 CUDA cores into its 40nm GF106 Fermi GPU and adds 1GB of GDDR5 memory. Benchmark Reviews overclocked our GTS 450 to nearly 1GHz, and even paired them together in SLI. NVIDIA expects their new GTS 450 to compete against the Radeon HD 5730 at 1680×1050, but we learned from GTX 460 there’s usually more performance reach than they suggest.
Today we will be putting three GTS 450s through their paces in a selection of real world gaming tests which include PhysX and 3D Vision. In addition to that we also take a look at the GPU Computing potential and fire up a Blu-Ray 3D title to check out the acceleration performance offered by the GTS 450.
Today NVIDIA released their new GeForce GTS 450. We take two of these cards for a spin and check whether SLI is an option worth pursuing. In addition to testing at the reference design clocks we also test at 875/1000 which represents two factory overclocked cards in SLI.
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