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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Saturday, 05 March 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Video Card
Closer Look: ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC
ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Detailed Features
Features and Specifications
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Street Fighter IV
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: BattleForge
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Tom Clancy's HAWX 2
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Overclocking
ASUS GTS450 DirectCU OC Final Thoughts and Conclusion

ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Video Card

Manufacturer: ASUS
Product Name: GeForce GTS 450 DirectCU OC
Model Number: ENGTS450 DC OC/DI/1GD5
Price As Tested: $129.99

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

Not everyone can afford to have the most powerful computer with multiple 26" monitors, or maybe you have realised that you don't need a $500 video card to play your favorite game. For those of you that can relate to my previous statement there is the ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Video Card, it comes armed with a overclocked GPU running at 850MHz and slightly overclocked memory frequency of 950MHz (3.8GHz effective). It looks good, it does the job, but you won't be able to turn on all the fancy settings of your favorite game while playing at a high resolution. What's more important is that this is quite possibly the coolest video card I have had on my table, I'm talking 57°C at full load with the fan spinning at 30%. Benchmark Reviews aims to provide you with an unbiased review of the ASUS GeForce GTS 450 DirectCU OC and report back our findings, keeping you informed on the latest technologies available on the market today.

Traditionally, overclocked video cards run hotter and have less headroom for a decent overclock, which simply isn't the case here. The ENGTS450 DirectCU OC is a testament to the quality of manufacturing from the ASUS labs. The DirectCU cooler wasn't made for this card but it certainly is a welcome addition, I for sure am glad it was used otherwise I wouldn't have hit the milestone I did in my overclocking adventure.


For this review we will be comparing the ASUS GTS 450 DirerctCU OC to the VisionTek Killer HD5770 and GTX460 video cards in our usual mixture of DX10 / DX11 synthetic benchmarks and current games to get a good idea where it fits in performance and price wise. We also intend to overclock the GPU to its limits and see if the DirectCU cooler has what it takes to cool a GPU effectively, so without further delay let's move on and get stuck in.



# BeansAdam 2011-03-08 21:40
Been using this car for a couple months now, its hard to beat for the money, runs cool. And will tackle anything you throw at it.
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# ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Video CardPinakio 2011-03-09 04:03
Well I'm bit confused after going through this article. BMR previously tested ASUSENGTX 560TI and 'DirectCU' fared badly there. But in this one it seems to hit the right cords temp and noise wise. Direct touch has been around for some time now in cpu coolers, it'll be interesting to see it's use in gpus too. Good review though.

* in the overclocking page, there may be a typo(HD 5770 instead of GTX 460)
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# RE: ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Video CardPinakio 2011-03-09 04:05
I mean HD 5770 instead of GTX 450.
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# RE: RE: ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Video CardSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-03-09 08:53
Thanks for pointing out the mistake, it will be rectified shortly.

The DirectCU cooler in the GTX560-Ti article is a slightly different design and is cooling a much more powerful GPU. That may explain the differences.

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