MSI GeForce GTS 450 Cyclone review

Cheap but very, very cheerful

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We pitched MSI's overclocked and highly cooled N450GTS Cyclone against a stock Radeon HD 5770, which costs only a little more. It also manages to outperform the more expensive still HD 5830 too. All these tests were carried out at the full HD resolution of 1920x1080 with anti-aliasing set to four times.

Dirt 2 benchmarks

Just cause 2 benchmarks

Far cry 2 benchmarks

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