Launched slightly more than a month ago, the GeForce GTS 450 was introduced as NVIDIA’s graphics solution for mainstream gamers. Priced at a palatable US$129, the GeForce GTS 450 packs an all-new GF106 chip that was specifically designed to tackle the popular 1680 x 1050 resolution. And as we found out in our intial review and roundup , it’s a pretty handy card.
A quick refresh if you’ve already forgotten. The GeForce GTS 450 packs 192 CUDA cores, 32 texture mapping units and 16 raster operating units, complemented by 1GB of GDDR5 framebuffer over a 128-bit wide memory bus. Priced to compete against the Radeon HD 5750, it handily beats its ATI rival by around 5% to 15% across our benchmarks, so in that sense, it’s a rather decent offering from NVIDIA. We also found that custom, factory-overclocked versions of the GeForce GTS 450 are almost on a par with the Radeon HD 5770.
A month after its launch, there’s now a wide variety of custom-designed GeForce GTS 450 cards from NVIDIA’s partners, and in this article, we cover five more offerings from ECS, EVGA, Gigabyte, Leadtek and Palit. Here's the full list of cards in this roundup: