MSI GeForce GTS 450 Cyclone review

Cheap but very, very cheerful

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  • Top performance for £110
  • Beats HD5770
  • Quiet and cool running


  • Better cards don't cost much more

It's not so long ago that the first graphics card touting Nvidia's GTS 450, the Asus GTS 450 TOP, passed through the TechRadar labs. When we first checked it out we quite liked it but as we said at the time: "we'd have hoped for a price tag a little closer to the £100 mark".

Well, someone was listening, because MSI's overclocked N450GTS Cyclone is within a tenner of our target. It runs at 67MHz above stock speed for a card of this ilk, with a healthy 434MHz boost to the memory speed, but the main feature is the wide windmill-like cooler. It's whisper quiet and drops the temperature down to just 27 degrees Celsius when idle.

The card itself is small and requires just a single six-pin power connector, and is more or less still price comparative with AMD's HD5770.

How does it perform?


Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset ModelGTS 450
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset SeriesGTS 400
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameMSI
Standard Memory1 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.0 x16
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width128 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologySLI
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
RAMDAC Speed400 MHz
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
Number of DVI Outputs2
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height111 mm
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Length210 mm
ManufacturerMicro-Star International Co., Ltd
Memory Speed4000 MHz
Product ModelN450GTS CYCLONE 1GD5/OC
Product NameN450GTS CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTS 450 Graphics Card
Manufacturer Part NumberN450GTS CYCLONE 1GD5/OC
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Leading international graphics card maker MSI has always been a key player in the competitive graphics card market. Thanks to its strong R&D capabilities and outstanding product performance, MSI's products have always received high acclaim by the media and consumers throughout the world.

Thickness35 mm
Weight (Approximate)450 g
API SupportedOpenGL 4.0, DirectX 11.0, OpenCL, DirectCompute 5.0