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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 13 September 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video Card
NVIDIA Fermi Features
NVIDIA GF106 GPU Specifications
GeForce GTS 450 Partner Products
Closer Look: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Crysis Warhead
DX10: Far Cry 2
DX10: Resident Evil 5
DX10: Street Fighter IV
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: BattleForge
DX9 SSAO: Mafia II
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
NVIDIA APEX PhysX Enhancements
NVIDIA 3D-Vision Effects
GeForce GTS 450 Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
GeForce GTS 450 Overclocking
Editor's Opinion: NVIDIA Fermi
GeForce GTS 450 Conclusion

GeForce GTS 450 Video Card Review

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 1680x1050, but we learned from GTX 460 there's usually more performance reach than they suggest. Since the price to performance ratio is critical to this entry-level segment, Benchmark Reviews also tests the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 1GB against the more-expensive Radeon HD 5770 using several of the most demanding DirectX-11 PC video games available.

The majority of PC gamers either use 1280x1024 or 1680x1050 monitor resolutions, which are considerably less demanding than the 1920x1200 resolution we test upper echelon graphics solutions at. Set to these less-intensive screen resolutions, middle-market video cards are capable of reproducing the same high quality graphics that top-end products do at the higher resolutions. Sure, the game engine matters, but it's the display resolution and post-processing effects that impact performance most. This is what makes a product like NVIDIA's GeForce GTS 450 so relevant to gamers. Of course, the massive overclock it accepts certainly helps to further sell this product into higher price segments.

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 460 uses a pared-down version of the GF104 GPU, which is actually capable of packing eight Streaming Multiprocessors for a total of 384 possible CUDA Cores and 64 Texture Units. GF106 is best conceived as one half of the GF104, allowing it to deliver four SMUs for 192 CUDA cores and 32 Texture Units. The NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 comes clocked at 783MHz, with shaders operating at 1566. 1GB of 128-bit GDDR5 video frame buffer clocks-in at 902MHz, and works especially well with large environment games like Starcraft II or BattleForge.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 Video Card

PC-based video games are still the best way to experience realistic effects and immerse yourself in the battle. Consoles do their part, but only high-precision video cards offer the sharp clarity and definition needed to enjoy detailed graphics. Thanks to the new GF106 GPU, the GeForce GTS 450 video card offers enough headroom for budget-minded overclockers to drive out additional FPS performance while keeping temperatures cool. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the GeForce GTS 450 against some of the best video cards within the price segment by using several of the most demanding PC video game titles and benchmark software available: Aliens vs Predator, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, BattleForge, Crysis Warhead, Far Cry 2, Resident Evil 5, and Metro 2033.

It used to be that PC video games such as Crysis and Far Cry 2 were as demanding as you could get, but that was all back before DirectX-11 brought tessellation and to the forefront of graphics. DX11 now adds heavy particle and turbulence effects to video games, and titles such as Metro 2033 demand the most powerful graphics processing available. NVIDIA's GF100 GPU was their first graphics processor to support DirectX-11 features such as tessellation and DirectCompute, and the GeForce GTX 400-series offers an excellent combination of performance and value for games like Battlefield: Bad Company 2 or BattleForge.

At the center of every new technology is purpose, and NVIDIA has designed their Fermi GF106 GPU with an end-goal of redefining the video game experience through significant graphics processor innovations. Disruptive technology often changes the way users interact with computers, and the GeForce GTS 450 family of video cards are complex tools built to arrive at one simple destination: immersive entertainment at an entry-level price; especially when paired with NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision. The experience is further improved with NVIDIA System Tools software, which includes NVIDIA Performance Group for GPU overclocking and NVIDIA System Monitor which displays real-time temperatures. These tools help gamers and overclockers get the most out of their investment.

Manufacturer: NVIDIA Corporation
Product Name: GeForce GTS 450 1GB
Price As Tested: $129.99 MSRP

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by NVIDIA.



 

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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video CardXeann 2010-09-12 22:06
It is unfortunate that the launch of this card took so long. However, the improve of performance in SLI is great.

thanks for the review
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video CardJason 2010-09-13 02:35
What do I get 5770 or gts 450 for gaming and multi media
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# RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video CardRealNeil 2010-09-13 03:14
The GTS450 does more with the Fermi chip's features, but also has all of the 5770's capabilities.
We haven't been able to say this for a few years, but the NVIDIA cards are now the better deal.
Especially with the prices that they're coming in at.
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# The years long pop culture ideation quotedSiliconDoc 2010-09-13 13:30
Yeah, well I don't believe in the years long "assessment" the near entire online culture has been spewing about ati being the better value for several years.
1. Cuda
2. PhysX
3. Better/ easier driver installs/upgrades
4. A lot more stable drivers across the board
5. Ambient occlusion "in the driver update" new features w drivers
6. Folding superiority
7. Dual card scaling superiority, recently from good to outstanding
8. see #3 / no "mouse cursor disappears", no "cursor corruption" (seen since ati's all in wonder pci - a recurring issue for YEARS )
9. no dot net 2.0 requirements
10. superior control panel for a long, long time.
11. Since GTX200 series, LOTS of free software - including free 3d game Warmonger - works wonderfully with instant peer to peer gaming - destructive in game environment via PhysX.
12. Free Ray Tracing Design Garage since GTX200 = 400 series win7.
13. 2 frames 2 bucks and 2 watts
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# RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video CardOlin Coles 2010-09-13 07:04
Probably the GeForce GTS 450 so that transcoding times are faster. I'd go for the GTX 460 if you can afford it.
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# late to the showknutjb 2010-09-13 06:15
The 450 looks like a good card for the price. I have had a 5770 since the launch and being so late to the market has hurt NVIDIA. I think they had to market it at a lower price, i.e. dump it, to try and regain some ground in this segment which is bigger profit wise than the silly money cards due to the volume.

The question will be when AMD will drop prices on the 57XX and when the 6XXX will come to market. If the 6XXX comes Q1-2 NVIDIA could have a big problem but that's a big if.
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# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video CardOblivionLord 2010-09-13 08:24
The GTX260 should have been benched since it compares with the 5770.
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# RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video CardOlin Coles 2010-09-13 08:46
Amazing. It's amazing that a 24-page article full of free information isn't enough to warrant anything but your feeble complaint.

The GTX 260 is not a DirectX-11 video card, which limits it to only half of the tests. Additionally, this isn't a 5770 review... it's a GTS 450 review. Nobody really cares how the GTX 260 compares with the 5770, and if they did, they could go read those reviews.
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# RE: RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video CardSiliconDoc 2010-09-13 13:38
Not much appreciation, huh. LOL
Here, I'll review for the great Lord, since I've seen 100 comparisons online, not certain where the great Lord has been, except perhaps in Oblivion.
The GTX260 is faster than the 5770, a bit more so than the 5770 has so far shown a slight advantage against the GTS450.
The deranged online pop culture fan community will scream the 450 competes with the 5750, as usual, pretending someone should listen to the free ati upgrade and nvidia downgrade, despite the available evidence. Do not be fooled, unless of course, you simply cannot help it.
If that's the case scream a few lies in reply.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video CardDeranged 2010-09-14 04:31
nVidia has a far more superior driver update process. They are constantly adding more bang for your buck. And for those who did purchase and still use the GTX260 have produced a far more reliable product for years.

I will probably have a few good replies but I tried to run ATI but the load times on my games was un-bearable and when ATI was contacted they could only tell me "they are addressing the issue in the next driver update." Sorry I don't have 3 months to wait around for driver fixes. I bought the product so fix it. Plus I remember not to long ago when the ATI 800 AIW came out about 2 months later vista came out and what did ATI do to its loyal fan base. Oh that's right no driver support for any AIW cards in Vista, not that Vista was a good OS to begin with. So those like me that bought the card for nearly $300 dollars were SOL.
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# ThanksKlyster 2010-09-13 22:10
Cheers for another good review Olin, I appreciate your efforts.

Thanks to you I purchased the GTX 460 1GB, and it's a great card, if only I could get it to run Design Garage
It gives me a "not enough memory" error, bah!
Apart from that, just awesome performance for the $$
Anyone else run into this?
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# RE: ThanksOlin Coles 2010-09-14 06:53
The GTX 460 is an outstanding video card. How much system memory do you have installed? It sounds like a system memory/pagefile issue with that application.
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# RE: RE: ThanksKlyster 2010-09-15 21:58
8gb DDR3 , apparently a few other people have had the same issue, maybe a driver update may remedy this?
It's not that important really, but my old GTX 260 ran it fine with only 768 MB, go figure eh?
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# RE: RE: RE: ThanksOlin Coles 2010-09-15 22:00
The new Forceware 260.63 (beta) driver just came out, and adds several new fixes and optimizations. I highly recommend it.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: ThanksKlyster 2010-09-18 15:54
I tried them but still have the same issue, oh well, no biggie really ;)
Thanks.
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# King of the CongJordan 2010-11-24 05:17
F`ing great! Turned up "High" on Battlefield Badcompany 2. Only got 6gb's of Ram @1333mhz, 6mb Cache on Phenom II Dual Core @ 2.80Ghz. Not a single game gives me lip! Thnx America!
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