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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 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.

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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.

Pros:goldentachaward.png

+ DirectCU cooler is exceptional
+ Fan at 100% is not too loud
+ Very nice looks
+ Excellent build quality
+ Excellent value for money
+ SLI Support
+ Massive overclocking headroom
+ Good power consumption
+ Variety of outputs: D-SUB, DVI-I and HDMI

Cons:

- Cooler shroud makes the card longer
- Board wasn't the cleanest I've seen
- Cooler design makes card take up two slots
- Hot air from GPU exhausted into case

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.50
  • Appearance: 9.50
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 9.00

Final Score: 9.10 out of 10.

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# 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.

Regards.
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