Product: EVGA GeForce GTS 450 FTW Edition Video Card
Company: EVGA
Authour: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: September 13th, 2010
Summary & Conclusions

NVIDIA
NVIDIA
NVIDIA presents the GeForce GTS 450 as laser targeted at the mainstream gamer. They're looking to provide a solid, affordable upgrade for the 1280x1024 through 1680x1050 gamer - namely, most gamers. To that end, the GeForce GTS 450 is priced competitively, and offers a nice bang for the buck. The strengths of the FERMI architecture shine again here, with the strong tessellation performance and faster media transcode speeds. NVIDIA developer relations with Stanford pay off well for the [email protected] client, with very impressive numbers coming from the diminutive GF106 - better than any single AMD ATI Radeon, and exceeding the GeForce GTX 275, to boot.

The GF106 uses a little more power than AMD's 'Juniper' products, but is a nice reduction from the previous generation GeForce GTS 250. It's also cooler running, and quieter in operation, than the old G92-based product. Priced squarely between the HD 5750 and HD 5770, it also performs between the two. Overclocked it takes some nice wins from the standard HD 5770, but at the expense of power and heat. Those of you marking time with a 9600GT or 8800GTS now have a nice pocket friendly upgrade path, that keeps your proprietary features and control panel profiles.

EVGA GeForce GTS 450 FTW
EVGA GeForce GTS 450 FTW

NVIDIA's added features offer some value, but as 3D and surround both will require extra purchases exceeding the card price itself, they're pretty much moot. The media features are strong, especially the forward looking HDMI 1.4a output and multiple HD Audio output options, welcome for a card that might well see moderate gamer/heavy HTPC use - especially with the fast video transcode performance in MediaShow espresso. Some will niggle that it's a 'cut-down' product, but given there is no full SKU to compare against, you're not losing anything.

EVGA
EVGA

Award
Award
Rage3D awards the EVGA GeForce GTS 450 FTW 4 1/2 stars! At $149 the factory overclock carries a $20 premium, which combined with EVGA's support and added value features might be worth it. That 'might' would be a definite if the memory overclock was a little more aggressive, and the warranty fell under EVGA's lifetime scheme. No added value game title is a bummer, but is usually not a feature of titles in this price range; more typically an extended online trial is included. The stereotypical Fermi complaint of 'hot, noisy, slow' is definitely misplaced here.


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