|NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 13 September 2010|
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GeForce GTS 450 Partner Products
NVIDIA sells their graphics technology to a large host of add-in card partners (AIC's), and many are expected to take advantage of GTS 450's competitively focused price point. Companies will offer the GTS 450 with 1GB of GDDR5 video memory. This section offers a preview at the design implementations used by some of the most popular finished-goods companies:
ASUS ENGTS450-DirectCU-TOP-1G Video Card
ASUS will immediately launch several versions of the GeForce GTS 450, using their ENGTS450 part number. The ASUS ENGTS450-DirectCU-TOP-1G (above) will use an internally exhausting custom cooling solution on this factory-overclocked model.
Gigabyte GV-N450OC-1GI GTS 450 Video Card
Gigabyte Technology is quickly gaining popularity as a NVIDIA AIC partner, and will have their custom-cooled GTS 450 available at launch. The Gigabyte GV-N450OC-1GI is their internally exhausting factory-overclocked 1GB model.
Leadtek Winfast GTS 450 Video Card
The Leadtek Winfast GTS 450 is very similar to the reference version, but shaves off some of the plastic shroud and loses its external exhaust feature on this factory-overclocked model.
MSI N450GTS-Cyclone-1GD5-OC Video Card
MSI, the name known my master overclockers world-wide, will have a 1GB GeForce GTS 450 named Cyclone (MSI N450GTS-Cyclone-1GD5-OC) that comes factory overclocked. This video card feature MSI's internally-exhausting 'Cyclone' GPU cooler that loosely resembled the reference design without the plastic shroud.
PNY GTS 450 Overclocked XLR8 Video Card
Featuring an externally-exhausting reference cooling solution, the PNY GTS 450 Overclocked XLR8 video card will come bundled with a copy of Starcraft II.
Sparkle GeForce GTS 450 Passive Video Card
There are few AIC partners offering externally-exhausting versions of the GeForce GTS 450, and even fewer with passive cooling options. The Sparkle GeForce GTS 450 Passive video card is the only silent version we've seen available at launch.
Zotac GeForce GTS 450 AMP! Edition Video Card
ZOTAC International goes beyond a custom cooling design, and also offers a unique video output selection on their version of the GeForce GTS 450. The ZOTAC GeForce GTS 450 series are the first graphics cards to ship with the new ZOTAC Boost Premium software bundle that features five applications, including vReveal 2.0, Nero Vision Xtra, Cooliris, Kylo and XBMC media center. Look for the ZOTAC GTS 450 AMP! Edition to add DisplayPort to the standard dual-DVI and HDMI output ports.