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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

NVIDIA APEX PhysX Enhancements

Mafia II is the first PC video game title to include the new NVIDIA APEX PhysX framework, a powerful feature set that only GeForce video cards are built do deliver. While console versions will make use of PhysX, only the PC version supports NVIDIA's APEX PhysX physics modeling engine, which adds the following features: APEX Destruction, APEX Clothing, APEX Vegetation, and APEX Turbulence. PhysX helps make object movement more fluid and lifelike, such as cloth and debris. In this section, Benchmark Reviews details the differences made with- and without APEX PhysX enabled.

We begin with a scene from the Mafia II benchmark test, which has the player pinned down behind a brick column as the enemy shoots at him. Examine the image below, which was taken with a Radeon HD 5850 configured with all settings turned to their highest and APEX PhysX support disabled:

Mafia2_Cloth_High_No-PhysX.jpg

No PhysX = Cloth Blending and Missing Debris

Notice from the image above that when PhysX is disabled there is no broken stone debris on the ground. Cloth from foreground character's trench coat blends into his leg and remains in a static position relative to his body, as does the clothing on other (AI) characters. Now inspect the image below, which uses the GeForce GTX 460 with APEX PhysX enabled:

Mafia2_Cloth_High_PhysX.jpg

Realistic Cloth and Debris - High Quality Settings With PhysX

With APEX PhysX enabled, the cloth neatly sways with the contour of a characters body, and doesn't bleed into solid objects such as body parts. Additionally, APEX Clothing features improve realism by adding gravity and wind effects onto clothing, allowing for characters to look like they would in similar real-world environments.

Mafia2_PhysX_Fire.jpg

Burning Destruction Smoke and Vapor Realism

Flames aren't exactly new to video games, but smoke plumes and heat vapor that mimic realistic movement have never looked as real as they do with APEX Turbulence. Fire and explosions added into a destructible environment is a potent combination for virtual-world mayhem, showcasing the new PhysX APEX Destruction feature.

Mafia2_PhysX_Glass.jpg

Exploding Glass Shards and Bursting Flames

NVIDIA PhysX has changed video game explosions into something worthy of cinema-level special effects. Bursting windows explode into several unique shards of glass, and destroyed crates bust into splintered kindling. Smoke swirls and moves as if there's an actual air current, and flames move out towards open space all on their own. Surprisingly, there is very little impact on FPS performance with APEX PhysX enabled on GeForce video cards, and very little penalty for changing from medium (normal) to high settings.



 

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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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