Like the ECS GTX 460 Black we’ve previously reviewed, the GTS 450 Black keeps up with the Black tradition by offering a massive triple-slot, dual-fan cooler from aftermarket cooling specialists Arctic Cooling. To make the most of the cooler, the card comes factory overclocked, running at 850MHz at the core, 1700MHz at the shaders, and 4000MHz DDR at the memory.
The EVGA GeForce GTS 450 FTW may very well be the “sleeper” of the group, because despite sporting a reference-looking cooler, this card sports one of the highest clock speeds - 920MHz at the core, 1840MHz at the shaders and 4100MHz DDR. It’s 10MHz and 20MHz down the on core and shader clock speeds compared to the Palit GeForce GTS 450 Sonic Platinum, the quickest GTS 450 we’ve tested so far, but it has a 100MHz DDR advantage when it comes to memory; will it be enough? We’ll soon find out.
Confusing, Gigabyte offers two overclocked variants of the GeForce GTS 450 and although both cards are fitted with Gigabyte’s anti-turbulence Windforce 2X coolers, one is more extreme than other. Ours happens to be the more extreme and faster of the two and it sports a core clock speed of a staggering 930MHz, whereas its shaders and memory are clocked at 1860MHz and 4000MHz DDR respectively, which are similar to the Palit GeForce GTS 450 Sonic Platinum.