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ASUS GeForce GTS 450 TOP 1GB

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Posted September 13, 2010 by Jake in Video Cards

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Introduction

After the launch of the GF100 that was more commonly known as the GeForce GTX 480, 470, and 465 cards, it became apparent that some changes were necessary in order to not only streamline the architecture but also improve upon some of the issues that became apparent; namely, it’s size and heat output. This gave birth to the GF104, found on the GTX 460 cards. The GTX 460 has proven to be very successful, a distinct improvement over the GTX 465/470/480 in terms of power consumption and heat output. Geared to the more mainstream gamer market, the GTX 460 has also shown some excellent overclocking potential, further giving great value for the price.

A rung lower on the performance ladder lies the mainstream cards, a lucrative market that occupies a prominent and popular budget range for gamers. Today we see a new Nvidia card to cater directly to that segment, the GeForce GTS 450. Looking to continue upon recent success, Nvidia has squarely set the GTS 450 up against the Radeon 5750.

As we know though, not all cards are created equal, and the ASUS GTS 450 TOP 1GB is a case in point. It takes the Nvidia reference design and injects some steroid-like features into the mix, with a custom heatsink, improved power distribution, voltage tweaking, and an aggressive factory overclock out of the box. From where we sit, it seems ASUS is going for the jugular here, throwing its considerable weight into what appears to be a mini juggernaut of a card.

While Nvidia has positioned the GTS 450 against the 5750, what if we told you this ASUS card not only blows that Radeon out of the water, but puts the hurt on another Radeon one weight class higher? That would make the market very interesting indeed in the mainstream segment.

Well, we have just the thing, as we pit these mainstream cards, and more, in a cage match and declare a victor. Read on to find out more.

ASUS, a technology-oriented company blessed with one of the world’s top R&D teams, is well known for high-quality and innovative technology. As a leading company in the new digital era, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium. The philosophy of ASUS product development is to do the fundamentals well first before moving forward. Started with computer components such as motherboards, graphic cards, and optical storage devices, ASUS now has now over 16 product lines, including desktop barebone systems, servers, notebooks, handhelds, network devices, broadband communications, LCD monitors, TVs, wireless applications, and CPT (chassis, power supply and thermal) products.

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