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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 13 September 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video Card
NVIDIA Fermi Features
NVIDIA GF106 GPU Specifications
GeForce GTS 450 Partner Products
Closer Look: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Crysis Warhead
DX10: Far Cry 2
DX10: Resident Evil 5
DX10: Street Fighter IV
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: BattleForge
DX9 SSAO: Mafia II
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
NVIDIA APEX PhysX Enhancements
NVIDIA 3D-Vision Effects
GeForce GTS 450 Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
GeForce GTS 450 Overclocking
Editor's Opinion: NVIDIA Fermi
GeForce GTS 450 Conclusion

DX9+SSAO: Mafia II

Mafia II is a single-player third-person action shooter developed by 2K Czech for 2K Games, and is the sequel to Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven released in 2002. Players assume the life of World War II veteran Vito Scaletta, the son of small Sicilian family who immigrates to Empire Bay. Growing up in the slums of Empire Bay teaches Vito about crime, and he's forced to join the Army in lieu of jail time. After sustaining wounds in the war, Vito returns home and quickly finds trouble as he again partners with his childhood friend and accomplice Joe Barbaro. Vito and Joe combine their passion for fame and riches to take on the city, and work their way to the top in Mafia II.

Mafia II is a DirectX-9/10/11 compatible PC video game built on 2K Czech's proprietary Illusion game engine, which succeeds the LS3D game engine used in Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven. In our Mafia-II Video Game Performance article, Benchmark Reviews explored characters and gameplay while illustrating how well this game delivers APEX PhysX features on both ATI and NVIDIA products. Thanks to DirectX-11 APEX PhysX extensions that can be processed by the system's CPU, Mafia II offers gamers is equal access to high-detail physics regardless of video card manufacturer.

  • Mafia II
    • GPU-Appropriate Settings: (Antialiasing, 8x AF, Low Shadow Quality, High Detail, Ambient Occlusion, Medium APEX PhysX)


Mafia II GPU-Appropriate Quality Settings

Cost Analysis: Mafia II (Normal)

  • $120 Radeon HD 5750 1GB costs $6.49 per FPS
  • $130 GeForce GTS 450 1GB costs $5.12 per FPS
  • $150 Radeon HD 5770 1GB costs $7.04 per FPS
  • Test Summary: Of all the video games presently available for DirectX-11 platforms, Mafia II is by far one of the most details and feature-rich. 2K Games were wise to enable PhysX processing to by done on the CPU for Radeon users, which lets the game look its best regardless of branding. Still, we already know how much better video game physics are calculated by hundreds of GPU cores compared to a pair of CPU cores. As a result, NVIDIA's GeForce GTS 450 allows the Fermi GF106 GPU to produce great quality APEX PhysX effects while displaying frame rates superior to AMD's Radeon HD 5750 and HD 5770. Clearly dominated by the GeForce GTS 450, the overclocked GF106 adds enough extra power to enjoy considerably high-quality settings and post-processing effects that comparable Radeon products cannot.

    On a side note, Mafia 2 is absolutely phenomenal with 3D-Vision... and with its built-in multi-monitor profiles and bezel correction already factored this game is well suited for 3D-Vision Surround. Combining two GeForce GTS 450's into SLI allowed this game to play at 5760 x 1080 resolution across three monitors using the same settings as tested above, delivering a thoroughly impressive experience. If you already own a 3D Vision kit and 120Hz monitor, Mafia II was built with 3D Vision in mind. If purchasing the equipment is within your reach (I suggest the ASUS VG236H model that comes with a NVIDIA 3D-Vision kit enclosed), you owe to yourself to experience this game the way it was intended: in 3D.

    Graphics Card GeForce 9800 GTX+ Radeon HD4890 GeForce GTX285 Radeon HD5750 Radeon HD5770 GeForce GTS450 Radeon HD5830 GeForce GTX460 Radeon HD5850 GeForce GTX470
    GPU Cores 128 800 240 720 800 192 1120 336 1440 448
    Core Clock (MHz) 740 850 670 700 850 783 800 675 725 608
    Shader Clock (MHz) 1836 N/A 1550 N/A N/A 1566 N/A 1350 N/A 1215
    Memory Clock (MHz) 1100 975 1300 1150 1200 902 1000 900 1000 837
    Memory Amount 512 MB GDDR3 1024 MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR3 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024 MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 768MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1280MB GDDR5
    Memory Interface 256-bit 128-bit 512-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 256-bit 192-bit 256-bit 320-bit



    # RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video CardXeann 2010-09-12 22:06
    It is unfortunate that the launch of this card took so long. However, the improve of performance in SLI is great.

    thanks for the review
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    # RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video CardJason 2010-09-13 02:35
    What do I get 5770 or gts 450 for gaming and multi media
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    # RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video CardRealNeil 2010-09-13 03:14
    The GTS450 does more with the Fermi chip's features, but also has all of the 5770's capabilities.
    We haven't been able to say this for a few years, but the NVIDIA cards are now the better deal.
    Especially with the prices that they're coming in at.
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    # The years long pop culture ideation quotedSiliconDoc 2010-09-13 13:30
    Yeah, well I don't believe in the years long "assessment" the near entire online culture has been spewing about ati being the better value for several years.
    1. Cuda
    2. PhysX
    3. Better/ easier driver installs/upgrades
    4. A lot more stable drivers across the board
    5. Ambient occlusion "in the driver update" new features w drivers
    6. Folding superiority
    7. Dual card scaling superiority, recently from good to outstanding
    8. see #3 / no "mouse cursor disappears", no "cursor corruption" (seen since ati's all in wonder pci - a recurring issue for YEARS )
    9. no dot net 2.0 requirements
    10. superior control panel for a long, long time.
    11. Since GTX200 series, LOTS of free software - including free 3d game Warmonger - works wonderfully with instant peer to peer gaming - destructive in game environment via PhysX.
    12. Free Ray Tracing Design Garage since GTX200 = 400 series win7.
    13. 2 frames 2 bucks and 2 watts
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    # RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video CardOlin Coles 2010-09-13 07:04
    Probably the GeForce GTS 450 so that transcoding times are faster. I'd go for the GTX 460 if you can afford it.
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    # late to the showknutjb 2010-09-13 06:15
    The 450 looks like a good card for the price. I have had a 5770 since the launch and being so late to the market has hurt NVIDIA. I think they had to market it at a lower price, i.e. dump it, to try and regain some ground in this segment which is bigger profit wise than the silly money cards due to the volume.

    The question will be when AMD will drop prices on the 57XX and when the 6XXX will come to market. If the 6XXX comes Q1-2 NVIDIA could have a big problem but that's a big if.
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    # RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video CardOblivionLord 2010-09-13 08:24
    The GTX260 should have been benched since it compares with the 5770.
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    # RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video CardOlin Coles 2010-09-13 08:46
    Amazing. It's amazing that a 24-page article full of free information isn't enough to warrant anything but your feeble complaint.

    The GTX 260 is not a DirectX-11 video card, which limits it to only half of the tests. Additionally, this isn't a 5770 review... it's a GTS 450 review. Nobody really cares how the GTX 260 compares with the 5770, and if they did, they could go read those reviews.
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    # RE: RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video CardSiliconDoc 2010-09-13 13:38
    Not much appreciation, huh. LOL
    Here, I'll review for the great Lord, since I've seen 100 comparisons online, not certain where the great Lord has been, except perhaps in Oblivion.
    The GTX260 is faster than the 5770, a bit more so than the 5770 has so far shown a slight advantage against the GTS450.
    The deranged online pop culture fan community will scream the 450 competes with the 5750, as usual, pretending someone should listen to the free ati upgrade and nvidia downgrade, despite the available evidence. Do not be fooled, unless of course, you simply cannot help it.
    If that's the case scream a few lies in reply.
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    # RE: RE: RE: RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video CardDeranged 2010-09-14 04:31
    nVidia has a far more superior driver update process. They are constantly adding more bang for your buck. And for those who did purchase and still use the GTX260 have produced a far more reliable product for years.

    I will probably have a few good replies but I tried to run ATI but the load times on my games was un-bearable and when ATI was contacted they could only tell me "they are addressing the issue in the next driver update." Sorry I don't have 3 months to wait around for driver fixes. I bought the product so fix it. Plus I remember not to long ago when the ATI 800 AIW came out about 2 months later vista came out and what did ATI do to its loyal fan base. Oh that's right no driver support for any AIW cards in Vista, not that Vista was a good OS to begin with. So those like me that bought the card for nearly $300 dollars were SOL.
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    # ThanksKlyster 2010-09-13 22:10
    Cheers for another good review Olin, I appreciate your efforts.

    Thanks to you I purchased the GTX 460 1GB, and it's a great card, if only I could get it to run Design Garage
    It gives me a "not enough memory" error, bah!
    Apart from that, just awesome performance for the $$
    Anyone else run into this?
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    # RE: ThanksOlin Coles 2010-09-14 06:53
    The GTX 460 is an outstanding video card. How much system memory do you have installed? It sounds like a system memory/pagefile issue with that application.
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    # RE: RE: ThanksKlyster 2010-09-15 21:58
    8gb DDR3 , apparently a few other people have had the same issue, maybe a driver update may remedy this?
    It's not that important really, but my old GTX 260 ran it fine with only 768 MB, go figure eh?
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    # RE: RE: RE: ThanksOlin Coles 2010-09-15 22:00
    The new Forceware 260.63 (beta) driver just came out, and adds several new fixes and optimizations. I highly recommend it.
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    # RE: RE: RE: RE: ThanksKlyster 2010-09-18 15:54
    I tried them but still have the same issue, oh well, no biggie really ;)
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    # King of the CongJordan 2010-11-24 05:17
    F`ing great! Turned up "High" on Battlefield Badcompany 2. Only got 6gb's of Ram @1333mhz, 6mb Cache on Phenom II Dual Core @ 2.80Ghz. Not a single game gives me lip! Thnx America!
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