|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 Final Thoughts
All I can think to say right now is WOW, the ASUS GTS 450 DirectCU OC really blew me away with its superior cooling and overclocking capabilities. Even with these clocks though it still won't test its bigger brother the GTX 460 but it is certainly closer than it was before. Not only do we have a video card here that looks good but we have a video card that will run cool and quiet no matter what you throw at it.
Significant improvements would be achieved if the screen resolution were lowered from 1920x1080 to 1280x1024 (standard for 17" to 19" monitor), I would also expect to see higher FPS results if the GTS 450 was run in SLI mode. Two of these bad boys in close proximity might warm your case up a bit but nowhere near the temperatures of higher end video cards.
ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Video Card Conclusion
Important: In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Video Card a rating out of 10. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar video card that has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a higher or lower score. It is however a good indicator of whether the ASUS GTS450 OC is good or not. I would strongly urge you to read the entire review, if you have not already, so that you can make an educated decision for yourself.
The graphics performance of the ASUS GTS 450 DirectCU OC is not high end but this card isn't aimed at the high end price bracket. It does however deliver great price to performance out of the box, and then some more when you overclock the hell out of it.
The appearance of the ASUS GTS 450 DirectCU OC is, as I'm sure you will agree, very nice indeed. The side view is given extra attention thanks to a really simple metal piece but it makes all the difference once you install the card into your system. There are some that will surely disagree but thanks to the graphic nature of this review you can easily make your mind up for yourself.
Construction is excellent as you would expect from a company with ASUS' reputation, there was a slight missed spot during the cleaning process but it is nothing major as it only hurts the aesthetics and not the performance. Taking the card to pieces and reconstructing it was a breeze and everything lined up perfectly, the DirectCU cooler is solid and really adds some girth to the card turning what could be a single slot card into a 2-slot monster.
Functionality is very good, I can't help but keep singing praise for the DirectCU cooler, it really is so good. The ASUS smart doctor utility is very handy and has options for fan speed control but you really won't need to use them on this card.
As of March 2011, you can pick up the ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Video Card for $129.99 at Newegg.com. Throughout our tests the price per FPS of the ASUS GTS 450 DirectCU OC was consistently the lowest of the compared cards, add that to the potential speeds that this card can hit and you have an absolute smoker of a deal.
I have no problems recommending this card to anyone who is in the market for a great budget mid range card. you certainly could do much worse.
+ DirectCU cooler is exceptional
- Cooler shroud makes the card longer
Final Score: 9.10 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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