Asus GeForce GTS 450 TOP review

NVIDIA's mid-range, HD 5770-killer is here. Can it live up to its billing?

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Our Verdict

This overclocked version beats the HD 5770, but is still only a tenner shy of the superior baby GTX 460.

For

  • Rock solid overclock
  • Decent price/performance

Against

  • Wont bury the Radeon HD 5770
  • Too close to the 768MB GTX 460 in price

The GTS 450 is the latest in Nvidia's burgeoning DX11 graphics stable. Coming hot on the heels of the superlative GTX 460 this new card has got a lot to live up to.

And a lot of competition in AMD's HD 5770 too...

Nvidia has a history of making the biggest, fastest most monolithic of PC graphics cards.

The bleeding edge has always been the technology that's made the big splashes in the tech press, but equally it's Nvidia's mid-range cards that have arguably been more important.

With the release of this latest GF106-based card, the GTS 450, it's tackling the mid-range with its lowest-priced Fermi card yet.

Nvidia has a habit of making big splashes in the mid-range pool; the likes of the 6600GT and especially the phenomenal 8800GT have cemented their place in the hearts of PC gamers for years.

And last month saw the release of a Fermi card that can quite happily sit at that top table, the GTX 460.

In 1GB trim, and with some judicious waving of the overclocking stick, the GTX 460 has managed to single-handedly render all cards in the £150-£300 price range effectively obsolete.

That's including Nvidia's own GTX 470.

When you drop a couple of these into an SLI setup too you're then talking about a system which will happily give a GTX 480 /and/ AMD's top card, the dual-GPU HD 5970, a damn good thrashing.

For a lot less cash too.

So yay for us end-users and a resounding 'eek!' for the resellers hoping to make a bit of cash out of the margins on the top end cards. Sorry guys, but you're going to have to hope the volume sales of the GTX 460 make up for it…

But that still leaves a gap in the market under that £150 mark. And that is a place that AMD has had sewn up for a good long while.

The HD 5770-shaped shadow that looms like Arthur C. Clarke's monolith over that price point has been doing so for almost a year now and finally Nvidia has got a product to give it a run for its shader count.

This is where we're getting into volume territory.

The sub-£150 pricepoint sees some of the biggest number of sales of all graphics cards, certainly more than the rather niche top-end beasties. A lot of folk want an HD 5770 then, and from the look of the GTS 450 Nvidia is one of them.

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset Model450
HDMIYes
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset SeriesGTS
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameAsus
Standard Memory1 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.0 x16
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width128 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologySLI
RAMDAC Speed400 MHz
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
DVIYes
VGAYes
Number of VGA Outputs1
Number of DVI Outputs1
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height111 mm
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Product SeriesN
Length216.9 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Memory Speed4000 MHz
Product ModelENGTS 450 DirectCU TOP/DI/1GD5
Product NameENGTS 450 DirectCU TOP/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTS 450 Graphics Card
Manufacturer Part NumberENGTS450 DIRECTCU TOP/DI/1GD5
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

With the demand of current applications and software, the addition of a graphics card can help improve the computing process and application time.

API SupportedDirectX 11.0, OpenGL