Sparkle GeForce GTS 450
We’ve recently seen the Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 to be a formidable card, providing excellent performance and value in the $200 segment. But for gamers on a more modest budget, Nvidia has something a bit more affordable in the Fermi lineup: the GeForce GTS 450. It’s priced very aggressively at about $129 for the reference model, and Nvidia hopes to build upon its success of the GTX 460.
Perhaps you’re an Nvidia fanboy, perhaps you’re attracted by its PhysX capabilities, or maybe you want impressive Folding@Home capabilities; whatever the reason, if you’re a gamer on a modest budget, then this product launch will strike a chord. The Gigabyte GeForce GTS 450 1GB has its sights directly on the midrange Radeon 5750 and 5770 competition from AMD in terms of performance and price.
The Sparkle GeForce GTS 450 1GB features a custom heatsink that runs cool and quiet, and has some serious overclocking headroom under the hood. For gamers on a budget, that’s a very compelling combination. And for gamers with high-end SLI systems, it’s a slam dunk card for dedicated PhysX.
Let’s take a detailed look at the Sparkle GTS 450 1GB and see how it fares against the competition.
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