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Written by Hank Tolman   
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
MSI N450GTS Cyclone 1GD5/OC Video Card
Closer Look: MSI GeForce GTS 450
N450GTS Cyclone Detailed Features
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Street Fighter IV
DX10: Far Cry 2
DX10: Resident Evil 5
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.2
MSI N450GTS Cyclone Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
Overclocking the GTS 450
GeForce GTS 450 Final Thoughts
MSI N450GTS Cyclone Conclusion

N450GTS Cyclone Detailed Features

With the covers pulled off, the MSI N450GTS Cyclone looks nearly identical to the reference design. That's not a bad thing. As we have seen in previous GTS 450 reviews, the GF106 based video cards are very well equipped to handle the challenges that face the mid-range market. The one thing MSI chose to hone in on was the overclock headroom found in the GTS 450. With the N450GTS Cyclone 1GD5/OC, they have bumped up both the GPU core/shader core speed as well as the memory speed.


Your run-of-the-mill GTS 450 comes with a clock speed of 783MHz with double that, 1566MHz, for the CUDA cores. The MSI N450GTS Cyclone increases that by about 8.5% to an 850MHz graphics clock and 1700MHz for the CUDA cores. They also overclocked the memory, and we'll see that in just a minute. The overclocked GF106 chip and GDD5 memory are powered by the reference VRM design. It consists of three power phases and utilizes solid capacitors.


The Cyclone fan and heatsink design is a familiar one. The 9-bladed fan sits atop a radial heatsink that pushes excess heat through two heat-pipes to a pair of curved heatsinks housed on either side of the fan. The fan is located in a great location to cool the fins of the heatsink quite well. The design obviously works, and that's why MSI uses it time and time again.


The MSI N450GTS Cyclone 1GD5/OC uses the same Samsung K4G10325FE-HC05 chips as the reference design and many other manufacturers cards. These memory modules are rated at 1000MHz, or a effective speed of 4000MHz. On the reference, however, the memory clock is set to 900MHz. MSI changed that with the N450GTS Cyclone and clocked the memory at the rated speed of 1000MHz. When we get to our overclocking section, you will notice that we didn't change that during our overclocking.


MSI shows off a very good manufacturing process with the N450GTS Cyclone 1GD5/OC. In the picture above, you can see one of the most crowded parts of the PCB, directly behind the GPU. With such precise placement, it is often difficult to avoid splash and to clean off left over residue after soldering, especially while maintaining environmental standards. MSI performs as we would expect they should and each of the components is located in its appropriate place and with no residual solder left behind where it shouldn't be.



# RE: MSI N450GTS Cyclone 1GD5/OC Video CardRealNeil 2010-11-11 09:55
"CUDA and PhysX compatibility may be a deal breaker if you are interested in these things"

I feel like it's something that I have to be interested in. We don't know how many new game developers will cleave to these standards yet. So buying a card that can't display either one is not the smart choice as I see it. If both ATI and NVIDIA could do both, then the choice would come down to performance and power/heat issues. That isn't the case.

The few games that I have now with CUDA and PhysX enabled are nice eye-candy and I like the technology.

Thanks for another good review.
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