NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 SLI versus ATI Radeon HD 5770 CrossFire

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The Test System

All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit with all the latest updates installed. All benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. The Kingston HyperX T1 DDR3 memory modules were run in triple-channel mode at 1866MHz with 8-8-8-24 1T timings. The ATI Radeon HD 5000 series cards were all tested using CATALYST 10.9 drivers and the NVIDIA GeForce cards all used Forceware 260.63 drivers. The ASUS P6X58D-E motherboard was run using BIOS 0303 with the processor running stock settings and Turbo enabled.

Windows 7 Drivers Used:
Intel Chipset Inf Update Program V9.1.1.1025
Realtek Audio Driver V6.0.1.6037 for Windows 64bit Windows 7.(WHQL)
Marvell Yukon Gigabit Ethernet Driver V11.10.5.3 for 32/64bit Windows 7.(WHQL)
Marvell 9128 SATA 6Gbps Controller Driver V1.0.0.1036 for 32/64bit Windows 7.


The Test System

Here is the Intel LGA 1366 Test platform:

Intel Test Platform






Live Pricing



Intel Core i7-970






6GB Kingston DDR3 1866MHz


 Video Card


 See Below


 Hard Drive


 Crucial C300 256GB SSD




 Titan Finrar


 Power Supply

Corsair HX850W




 None (Open Bench)


 Operating System


 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit

Video Cards Tested:

  • EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB SuperClocked  – 763MHz Core/1526MHz Shader/950MHz Memory
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 1GB – 783MHz Core/1566MHz Shader/902MHz Memory
  • MSI GeForce GTS 450 1GB Cyclone – 850MHz Core/1700MHz Shader/1000MHz Memory
  • EVGA GeForce GTS 450 1GB FTW – 920MHz Core/1840MHz Shader/1026MHz Memory
  • ASUS GeForce GTS 450 1GB DirectCU TOP – 925MHz Core/1850MHz Shader/1000MHz Memory
  • Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 – 850Mhz Core / 1200MHz Memory

NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 1GB Reference Cards in SLI:

ASUS GeForce GTS 450 1GB GPU-Z

ATI Radeon HD 5770 Reference Cards in CrossFire:

ATI Radeon HD 5770 CrossFire GPU-Z

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