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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

DX10: Street Fighter IV

Capcom's Street Fighter IV is part of the now-famous Street Fighter series that began in 1987. The 2D Street Fighter II was one of the most popular fighting games of the 1990s, and now gets a 3D face-lift to become Street Fighter 4. The Street Fighter 4 benchmark utility was released as a novel way to test your system's ability to run the game. It uses a few dressed-up fight scenes where combatants fight against each other using various martial arts disciplines. Feet, fists and magic fill the screen with a flurry of activity. Due to the rapid pace, varied lighting and the use of music this is one of the more enjoyable benchmarks.

Street Fighter IV uses a proprietary Capcom SF4 game engine, which is enhanced over previous versions of the game. In terms of 3D graphical demand, Street Fighter IV is considered very low-end for most desktop GPUs. While modern desktop computers with discrete graphics have no problem playing Street Fighter IV at its highest graphical settings, integrated and mobile GPUs have a difficult time producing playable frame rates with the lowest settings configured.

  • Street Figher IV Benchmark
    • Extreme Settings: (Highest Quality, 8x AA, 16x AF, Parallel Rendering)

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Street Fighter IV Extreme Quality Settings

Cost Analysis: Street Fighter IV (Extreme)

  • $120 Radeon HD 5750 1GB costs $1.92 per FPS
  • $130 GeForce GTS 450 1GB costs $1.43 per FPS
  • $150 Radeon HD 5770 1GB costs $1.88 per FPS
  • Test Summary: Street Fighter IV is a fast-action game that doesn't require a large video frame buffer for it's rather small maps, but instead prefers power graphics processing to keep up with commands. Configured with the highest quality settings and maximum post-processing effects, Street Fighter IV still delivers excellent frame rates on our lower-end video cards. AMD's Radeon HD 5750 produced 62.4 FPS, which was immediately overtaken by NVIDIA's GeForce GTS 450. With 90.7 FPS before any overclock, the GTS 450 surpassed the Radeon HD 5770's 80.0 FPS and then improves the lead to 99.1 FPS once overclocked. Street Fighter IV is one of those games that relies more on intense player involvement than special effects, although you wouldn't know it from watching the colorful players and backgrounds.

    Graphics Card GeForce 9800 GTX+ Radeon HD4890 GeForce GTX285 Radeon HD5750 Radeon HD5770 GeForce GTS450 Radeon HD5830 GeForce GTX460 Radeon HD5850 GeForce GTX470
    GPU Cores 128 800 240 720 800 192 1120 336 1440 448
    Core Clock (MHz) 740 850 670 700 850 783 800 675 725 608
    Shader Clock (MHz) 1836 N/A 1550 N/A N/A 1566 N/A 1350 N/A 1215
    Memory Clock (MHz) 1100 975 1300 1150 1200 902 1000 900 1000 837
    Memory Amount 512 MB GDDR3 1024 MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR3 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024 MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 768MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1280MB GDDR5
    Memory Interface 256-bit 128-bit 512-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 256-bit 192-bit 256-bit 320-bit



     

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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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