TechSpot: Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 & GTS 450 SLI Review

Nvidia landed an astounding blow to AMD last July pulling the GeForce GTX 460 out of nowhere and quickly taking the lead as the best mid-range graphics card on the market. It's only been a few weeks since and the 768MB version of this card can now be had for as little as $170, crushing the Radeon HD 5830, and questioning if the slightly cheaper Radeon HD 5770 is worth the money.

However there is still a huge market for sub-$200 gaming graphics cards. AMD has had a range of products in this segment for some time now, and just recently they cut prices all around likely ahead of any launch from competitor Nvidia. The Radeon HD 5770 ($140), 5750 ($120) and 5670 ($80) are all current generation GPUs, while Nvidia has had nothing new to offer in these price brackets. Until now, of course, as we check out the newly released GeForce GTS 450, code-named GF106.

Nvidia is keen to point out that they are targeting gamers on a budget with this new GPU. Those wanting to upgrade to a relatively inexpensive DX11-capable graphics card and using a monitor smaller than 24" (resolutions of 1280x1024 to 1680x1050), Nvidia says the GTS 450 will deliver in those fronts. Akin to the release of the GTX 460, card availability should be strong at launch with factory overclocked versions of this GPU expected to be present from day one.

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I have had both ATI and Nvidia cards and I currently have an 8800 GT. I have had that card for 2 years now and I have yet to see a problem with it. No a single glitch, yet the ATI Radeon 2900 Pro I had fried in less than 1 year. How's that for quality.

A year late to the sub-$150 dx11 market and it's just barely meeting the 5750(and sometimes losing to it) when the 450 is at stock speeds? Talk about a very unimpressive card.

shakey said,
Didn't I read somewhere that there will be no more ATI cards in production, as AMD are moving to a more gpu/cpu integrated design? I could be totally mistaken though. Here is one story I have found for it, but I don't believe it was the one I read before hand.
http://www.kotaku.com.au/2010/08/goodbye-ati/

You misunderstood. At least partly. They're eventually planning to move to a GPU/CPU integrated design, but as of currently they're just getting rid of the ATI name and moving over entirely to AMD. They're still going to produce cards as of right now, just under AMD not ATI.

Sasa_RI said,
Nvidia is better because on ATI you cant fry eggs or burn a laptop :-)

err my 7600gs u could fry an egg on, half the time i couldnt even touch the damn thing

DKAngel said,

err my 7600gs u could fry an egg on, half the time i couldnt even touch the damn thing

Hehe. I know. I have one idling at 75 degrees (Celsius).
Long Live Riva TNT2! :-)

I have the GTS 420 which is also a budget card. Works exactly for my needs, light gaming, working and watching the odd blue ray. I reckon this card will do well.

Mouettus said,

how does that relate in any way to the article?

Who cares when one can swing one's moderately-engorged e-penis around a bit?

Turion said,
I've always been a fan of Nvidia. Just wish AMD was smart enough to buy them instead of Ati...

They were smart enough.

Look at nvidia, arrogant management, producing hot, broken and inefficient cards while ATI destroys them and is already launching 6xxx series, while nvidia has not yet completed previous gen line up.

Also, nvidia vision is far from AMDs. Remember $800 cards from nvidia? What about closed standards, shady marketing schemes, rebranding and other stuff?

http://www.semiaccurate.com/20...sts-sites-hardware-secrets/

Yeah, not really AMD thing.

FoxieFoxie said,

They were smart enough.

Look at nvidia, arrogant management, producing hot, broken and inefficient cards while ATI destroys them and is already launching 6xxx series, while nvidia has not yet completed previous gen line up.

Also, nvidia vision is far from AMDs. Remember $800 cards from nvidia? What about closed standards, shady marketing schemes, rebranding and other stuff?

http://www.semiaccurate.com/20...sts-sites-hardware-secrets/

Yeah, not really AMD thing.

Wow, you backup all these claims with ONE reference by a website called semiaccurate? Good on ya.

FoxieFoxie said,
Look at nvidia, arrogant management, producing hot, broken and inefficient cards while ATI destroys them and is already launching 6xxx series, while nvidia has not yet completed previous gen line up.

Without starting a flame war (Being on the green team)

Correct me if im wrong but the ATI cards were in just as short supply as the Nvidia ones in their starting week??

Also looking at non refrence based cards (MSI ones as an example) and some of the newer 460 ones i think they fixed the heat and noise issues long ago

Is it a good thing AMD is already moving on with its c ard series? They gave this series what 2-3years and they are already pushing it aside making way for the next batch? Broken cards?

Ending it all here i think both cards have their own ++ and -- but the benchmarks is where its all at. The amount of PC building videos i have seen with the new ATI series and then swapping it out for a Nvidia 260 cuz it crapped it self is abit scary.

FoxieFoxie said,

They were smart enough.

Look at nvidia, arrogant management, producing hot, broken and inefficient cards while ATI destroys them and is already launching 6xxx series, while nvidia has not yet completed previous gen line up.

Also, nvidia vision is far from AMDs. Remember $800 cards from nvidia? What about closed standards, shady marketing schemes, rebranding and other stuff?

http://www.semiaccurate.com/20...sts-sites-hardware-secrets/

Yeah, not really AMD thing.


If I remember correctly the heating issue was due to a faulty driver... Plus half the heating issues given is due to consumers lack of air flow anyways. Nvidia might have screwed BFG over but they still make great quality cards for consumers.. And who says when a company HAS to stop or continue a generation? Who's to say the next gen Nvidia cards are truely the next gen? Same goes for AMD. Just cause they're releasing the 6 series doesnt make it twice as better as the 5xxx in retrospect..

FoxieFoxie said,

They were smart enough.

Look at nvidia, arrogant management, producing hot, broken and inefficient cards while ATI destroys them and is already launching 6xxx series, while nvidia has not yet completed previous gen line up.

Also, nvidia vision is far from AMDs. Remember $800 cards from nvidia? What about closed standards, shady marketing schemes, rebranding and other stuff?

http://www.semiaccurate.com/20...sts-sites-hardware-secrets/

Yeah, not really AMD thing.

I love how you've simply ignored the fact that ATI has had severe driver issues for years. Since BEFORE AMD. They've also had several cards that overheated to the point where the card itself glows red.....but I guess when you're trying to make a stupid claim, you tend to leave out the details..

nVidia may not have completely spanked ATI this time around, but they certainly showed ATI they aren't backing down.

For the record, the time of launch means nothing when it comes to GPU's. If you knew anything at all about the industry, you'd know in general, products are released when they're ready. Not when your competitor is ready. Both companies have been complete idiots in the past and they both will be again in the future. It's so stupid to argue about things such as drivers, heating issues etc as they BOTH have those issues, just at different times.

PCBEEF said,

Wow, you backup all these claims with ONE reference by a website called semiaccurate? Good on ya.

Hey, here is an idea: how about you read the article (including original source)?

As for other nvidia fanboys, I am aware of ATI driver issues in the past, etc. I am talking about THE NOW.

As for heat issues, its not a driver thing, its inefficient architecture, check die size of evergreen and fermi, then compare power/size ratio heat/size ratios, manufacturing costs, etc. 5xxx series destroys fermi.

FoxieFoxie said,

Hey, here is an idea: how about you read the article (including original source)?

As for other nvidia fanboys, I am aware of ATI driver issues in the past, etc. I am talking about THE NOW.

As for heat issues, its not a driver thing, its inefficient architecture, check die size of evergreen and fermi, then compare power/size ratio heat/size ratios, manufacturing costs, etc. 5xxx series destroys fermi.

There's only one fanboy here. It seems to be you. Everyone else seems to be well versed in the current market and how this industry works. There is a bigger picture here and there always has been. They've all had their issues. They'll all continue to have issues. Besides, you're probably one of those fanboys who jumps back and forth depending on who's on top. God I love chimps.

Morphine-X said,
If I remember correctly the heating issue was due to a faulty driver... Plus half the heating issues given is due to consumers lack of air flow anyways. Nvidia might have screwed BFG over but they still make great quality cards for consumers..

Did you miss the well publicized debacle with the notebook-GPUs? It wasn't a driver issue, it cost (and still costs) nV a lot of money and marketshare which is btw. going down fast. The loss of the chipset-license for Intel is another big problem for them.

My own experience is that my last two nV cards died pretty fast and not from a lack of cooling, the 8800GT has a notoriously short lifespan and I know a lot of people that would laugh (bitterly) at the notion that nVidia produces "quality". Yeah, the new cards are better but only with the GTX460 recently they managed to release a comparatively good card. The GTS450 isn't that great and veeery late to the mid-budget game.

I hope for the sake of competition that they get their act together but they need to do it fast.

FoxieFoxie said,

They were smart enough.

Look at nvidia, arrogant management, producing hot, broken and inefficient cards while ATI destroys them and is already launching 6xxx series, while nvidia has not yet completed previous gen line up.

Also, nvidia vision is far from AMDs. Remember $800 cards from nvidia? What about closed standards, shady marketing schemes, rebranding and other stuff?

http://www.semiaccurate.com/20...sts-sites-hardware-secrets/

Yeah, not really AMD thing.

Using any article written by Charlie Demerjian as a source for bashing Nvidia invalidates whatever point you have, as he has openly kept an agenda against Nvidia since he was a writter at The Inquirer.

Also, saying that the company has an arrogant management does not bring anything to the discussion (and actually is irrelevant to discussing the quality of products).

As for Nvidia and AMD products, I have had many from both sides in the last 15 years and they all had their share of wrongs and rights, but both produce great products.

sviola said,

Using any article written by Charlie Demerjian as a source for bashing Nvidia invalidates whatever point you have, as he has openly kept an agenda against Nvidia since he was a writter at The Inquirer.

Also, saying that the company has an arrogant management does not bring anything to the discussion (and actually is irrelevant to discussing the quality of products).

As for Nvidia and AMD products, I have had many from both sides in the last 15 years and they all had their share of wrongs and rights, but both produce great products.

Hey, here is an idea: how about you read the article (including original source)?

dr_crabman said,

Did you miss the well publicized debacle with the notebook-GPUs? It wasn't a driver issue, it cost (and still costs) nV a lot of money and marketshare which is btw. going down fast. The loss of the chipset-license for Intel is another big problem for them.

My own experience is that my last two nV cards died pretty fast and not from a lack of cooling, the 8800GT has a notoriously short lifespan and I know a lot of people that would laugh (bitterly) at the notion that nVidia produces "quality". Yeah, the new cards are better but only with the GTX460 recently they managed to release a comparatively good card. The GTS450 isn't that great and veeery late to the mid-budget game.

I hope for the sake of competition that they get their act together but they need to do it fast.

I'm sorry but I didn't think this article had anything to do with a notebook based nVidia card(s)...
Also last time I checked the WHQL GeForce 196.75 based drivers did in fact have major over heating issues which was due to a fan control malfunction.

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/h...a-fixes-overheating-issue/1