Legit Video Card Reviews
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 SLI Video Card Review w/ ASUS, EVGA & MSI
|Product:||GeForce GTS 450|
|Date:||Sun, Sep 12, 2010 - 11:00 PM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
GeForce GTS 450 1GB Overclocking
Overclocking the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 video card was done using EVGA Precision v2.0.0 software. Version 2.0.0 adds a Fan Profiling feature and you can download it form here.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 1GB video cards start off life at 783MHz on the core clock, 1566MHz on the shaders and 902MHz on the GDDR5
memory. The GeForce GTS 460 has plenty of room left in it for
overclocking since we know some of the retail cards have come clocked at 925MHz on the core!
NVIDIA claims the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 video card is great for overclocking and that we should be able to reach 1GHz on some of the cards. We will figure that out on our own! By using EVGA Precision on the ASUS ENGTS450 Top, EVGA GeForce GTS 450 FTW and the MSI N450GTS Cyclone 1GD5 video cards we can get a good idea on how high they can get without manually changing the voltages. We'd normally do so, but we only had some of these cards a couple days and couldn't spend as much time as we wanted to on overclocking. We'll use Aliens Versus Predator as the benchmark to see how the overclock helps system performance.
The ASUS ENGTS450 Top Max Overclock: 995MHz Core / 1990MHz Shaders / 1050MHz GDDR5
The MSI N450GTS Cyclone 1GD5 Max Overclock: 950MHz Core / 1900MHz Shaders / 1050MHz GDDR5
EVGA GeForce GTS450 FTW Max Overclock: 995MHz Core / 1990MHz Shaders / 1050MHz GDDR5
As you can see the ASUS ENGTS450 TOP video card pulled out the overclocking win with an impressive 1015MHz core clock! Remember the default clock speed of this core is 783MHz, so this is an overclock of 232MHz or 30% over what the card was originally rated at. Not a bad frequency boost. The EVGA GeForce GTS 450 FTW came in a close second with 995MHz and then the MSI N450GTS Cyclone pulled up the rear at 950MHz. The fact that all of the cards were rock stable to at least 950MHz is a great sign that the GeForce GTS 450 will be very overclocker friendly like NVIDIA claims.
Just for fun we fired up the Direct 11 benchmark AvP to see how the overclock did. The ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU TOP had a 30% overclock on the core and shaders and was found to be over 23% faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 reference card. The difference between all the overclocks was just 1FPS or just over a 4% difference in performance. None of the cards did poorly in overclocking and with some extra voltage it should be interesting to see how much past 1GHz they can reach.
Next Page - Final Thoughts and Conclusions
Page 1 - GeForce GTS 450 Brings NVIDIA DX11 to $129
Page 2 - A Closer Look At The GeForce GTS450
Page 3 - ASUS, EVGA and MSI GTS 450 Video Cards
Page 4 - The New NVIDIA R260 Series Drivers
Page 5 - The Test System
Page 6 - Aliens vs. Predator
Page 7 - Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY
Page 8 - Just Cause 2
Page 9 - Metro 2033
Page 10 - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Page 11 - StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Page 12 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 13 - Unigine 'Heaven' DX11
Page 14 - FurMark 1.8.2
Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 16 - Temperature Testing
Page 17 - GeForce GTS 450 1GB Overclocking
Page 18 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions