Review: EVGA GTS 450 Super-Clock Edition
September 13, 2010
Today we are taking an indepth look at the new EVGA GTS450 Super-clock Edition. The GTS 450 is intended to bring the 400 series features and performance to gamers on a budget. The GeForce GTS 450 is aimed at gamers running resolutions at 1280×1024, 1440×900, and 1680×1050 (or 19″-22″ monitors). It is intended to compete with the mid-range ATI Radeon HD GPUs in price and performance. The suggested MSRP for the GTS 450 chipset is $129, though we suspect that could vary slightly from manufacturer. The EVGA version in this review can already be found on numerous sites, such as Amazon for $139.
Here is the Specification Sheet provided by EVGA (Click to Enlarge).
- Core Clock: 882 Mhz (Factory Overclocked)
- Memory Clock: 3800 Mhz Effective
- Shader Clock: 1764 Mhz
- CUDA Cores: 192
- Memory Type: 1024 Mb GDDR5
- Memory Bus: 128-bit
The card comes in the above box (marked with the “SC”) and included a DVI to VGA Adapter, a 6 Pin Power Adapter and the EVGA Driver Disc. The driver disc includes the current drivers (at release time) and other applications, such as the EVGA Precision overclocking and monitoring tool.
It is suggested to run the card on a 400 watt (22 amp) or better PSU and it requires one 6 pin PCI-e power connector. The total power consumption of the card is a modest 106 watts, which isn’t too bad for this caliber of a card. If you are interested in running these cards in SLI, we would recommend you bump the PSU up to a 500-600 watt PSU (depending on the quality).
The card’s temperatures hovered around 35-40c at idle and jumped to approximately 70c under load. All in all, we think that is a pretty decent temperature. We should also note that the EVGA heatsink and fan run very quietly and even under load, we don’t hear the fans get any louder. If we manually up’d the fans to 100%, though, they are very loud. But, under most circumstance, there is no reason for the fans to be run the high. Compared to the ATI Radeon HD 4870 that was previously residing in our test bed, this card is quieter overall. The 4870 would often ramp up to a higher RPM when gaming, which was always audible. The GTS 450 does not do that.
- CPU – Intel i7 920 (stock speeds)
Mobo – Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P
Ram – 6 Gig Corsair 1333 Mhz DDR3
3D Mark Vantage – Performance Preset
As you can see by the numbers, the GTS 450 SC came in about the same as the ATI 4870 in sheer processing power. It should be noted that the 4870 is a card from the last generation of ATI, and is not equipped with DX11 capabilities (like the GTS 450 SC is). Compared to other Nvidia chipsets, the 450 slightly beats out the 260 and comes in behind the 460 (which is to be expected).
World of Warcraft
The benchmark in World of Warcraft was taken from a stationary position in a busy area in the main city Dalaran. All graphical settings were maxed out except Shadows at 25% and resolution was set at 1440×900.
Left 4 Dead 2
Dirt 2 Racing
Tessellation is one of the hot new features of DX11 cards. We used this benchmark to showcase the possibility of using these features on this card. While the GTS 450 only came in with an average of 20 FPS, this with the high settings and 8xAA and 4xAF. Turning those features to off brought the avarage FPS to 32 (though it isn’t shown in the graph below).
All in all, we are very happy with the performance that the EVGA GTS 450 SC gave us. It allows the mid level gamer to have access to some of the high end features provided by the 400 series cards. If you are operating at resolutions at or below 1680×1050 you should have great results. We would recommend this to anyone looking to keep their GPU budget under $150. Other things we liked are the modest power consumption and good cooling.
How does this card compare to the competition? Well, Nvidia positions this card against the ATI 5750 and it is showing up in stores around the same price. Unfortunately, we did not have a 5750 to test this card against, but from most accounts it is coming in around the same performance level. While some say this is a late contender by Nvidia for this price range, we say it is better late than never.
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