|ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Saturday, 05 March 2011|
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ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Video Card
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.