Asus ENGTS450 TOP DirectCU REVIEW

RATING : 87
Price: Rs 9,000 ~ 200 USD

Summary

This Nvidia GeForce GTS450 is factory-overclocked and well-cooled, making for a decent mid-range graphics card. Has Nvidia re-learnt the art of providing a sufficiently good mainstream card and returned to the segment in force? Deposing the similarly-priced Radeon 5770 has got to be a preliminary statement of that intent.

Pros:

* Factory Overclocked
* Non-reference cooler
* Relatively low power consumption for the performance

Cons:

* No DisplayPort
* Not ideal for Full-HD or higher resolutions

Full Review

The Asus ENGTS450 TOP DirectCU 1GB is a non-reference design, factory over-clocked Nvidia GeForce GTS450 graphics card. Like the MSI N460GTX Hawk, it uses non-reference cooling to keep the card running cool and at a higher core clock speed than that specified by Nvidia. This is Nvidia’s mainstream graphics chip based on the ‘Fermi’ architecture.

Finally, a card has come along to displace the GTS250/9800GTX+ graphics card from its perch in the meanstream graphics card segment. We expect this, and other cards based on the GeForce GTS450 chip to quickly fall in price and become a great card to recommend.

The factory-overclocked, better-cooled GeForce GTS450 from Asus performed well indeed. It supports DirectX 11, and does not even have to lock itself in battle with the Radeon 5770, whose price it is comparable to and is the competing card from the opposition camp. It managed to beat the Radeon 5770 in every synthetic and game benchmark, though not always by a large margin.

Design
The Asus ENGTS450 TOP DirectCU looks pretty good in its black color theme. The metal heatpipes and heatsink add a dash of color to it. The black plastic sheet over the heatsink might feel a bit flimsy, but it manages to hold on and keep the fan in place just fine. The cooler is of an “open” type though, so not all the heat generated gets forced out of the cabinet. It is short enough to not occupy the full width of a full-ATX motherboard, so most normal PC cabinets sold can easily accommodate it. The cooling and rear grills though, make sure that this card remains a dual-slot one, it will occupy two slots at the rear brackets of a PC cabinet.

It asks only for one PCI-E 6-pin power input. The average power rating (TDP package) of a GeForce GTS450 is about 106W. So to power a system connected to it, even an unbranded PC power supply that claims 400W (or higher) will do. At the rear of the card are the display outputs – dual-DVI, VGA and HDMI ports. Aligned in a single row, they allow for a fair amount of space for grills to act as a heat vent.

Features
This card has 1GB of GDDR5 video memory clocked at 1000 MHz (translates to 2000 MHz in actuals). The ENGTS450 TOP manages to make for a differentiated offering with its core clock speed of 925 MHz. The stock/reference design cards run a core speed of only 783 MHz, so this is good. The below GPU-Z screenshot should help in showing up more specifications:

It has a 128-bit anamnesis interface, 192 unified shaders and supports DirectX 11. The amalgamation we accustomed had no account as is the barometer in this card’s segment. There was artlessly one quick adviser and one molex-to-6-pin ability connecter. A CD independent documentation, drivers and added Asus software for GPU ecology and tweaking (ASUS Splendid, ASUS Gamer OSD, ASUS Smart Doctor).

Performance

Over the advance of our tests, we saw the Asus ENGTS450 TOP DirectCU agenda claiming the Radeon 5770. To analyze achievement numbers amid cards, appearance our Top 5 boilerplate cartoon cards. On the whole, the tests showed this agenda to be assuming about 30 per cent bigger than the Radeon 5770 and (thankfully) bigger than the GeForce GTS250 agenda which it replaces, by about the aforementioned proportion. The higher-end GeForce GTX460 based cards about accomplish about 25 per cent bigger than this overclocked agenda at their absence alarm speeds.

To anticipate bottle-necks as abundant as possible, the test-bed consisted of an Intel Core i7 965 processor, Intel DX58SO motherboard, Intel X25-M 80GB SSD, 3GB of Kingston DDR3-2000MHz RAM, Tagan BZ-1300W PSU and Windows 7 Ultimate. We acclimated the latest disciplinarian as of the time of writing, v260.89 of Nvidia ForceWare. Numbers mentioned beneath are alone a alternative of the added set of tests conducted.

In a constructed criterion like 3D Mark 06, the Asus agenda acquaint 17,728 marks. In the High preset of 3D Mark Vantage, it got 11,418 marks.

Onwards to bold benchmarks now. For application allegory amid ahead activated cards on PCW, we shall acknowledgment achievement after-effects accomplished at the aforementioned resolution (Full-HD 1920×1080). First up in Crysis at 1920×1080, 8xAA and Actual High settings, it acquaint 16 fps. In Far Cry 2 at 1920×1080, DX10, 8xAA and Ultra High settings, it acquaint 55 fps. In Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X., it acquaint 61 fps.

In temperature tests, the Asus ENGTS450 TOP DirectCU showed an abandoned temperature of 33 В°C which jumped to 65 В°C at abounding load. At abounding load, the fan was alone hardly noisy. The abandoned temperature aerial about at allowance temperature was admirable. That the factory-OC is not the endure word, you can still acclimatize voltages and overclock even college is a acceptable affair for users who ambition to do so. There wasn’t actual abundant allowance larboard though, so unless you accept absolutely acceptable chiffonier cooling, we would not advance added over-clocking it back the accretion may not be account it in practice.

Bottom Line

Rest in peace, baby GeForce GTS250! We now accept a absolute advantage of a abundantly well-priced mid-range DirectX 11 cartoon agenda from nVidia with the GTS450. It can advance games/applications well, admitting alone at resolutions beneath Full-HD. This is not a declining – its price-level indicates the accepted usage, and that the agenda is not meant for axis resolution and all furnishings to abounding bang on a high-resolution adviser while arena the latest amateur (doing that is the bottle of high-end cards).

To its credit, it still performs abundantly even with all furnishings cranked up to maximum, at resolutions of upto 1680×1050. Nvidia and Asus accept both done able-bodied in advancing out with this cartoon card. The alone ambition we could accept now, is for aggressive bazaar armament to play out and accompany appraisement of the GTS450 in India down, afterpiece to the US$ 129 advertence point mentioned by nVidia.

GAME PERFORMANCE:
3D Mark 06 :>17,728
3D Mark Vantage High :> 7,994
Crysis (1920×1080, 8xAA, Very High) :> 16 fps
Far Cry 2 (1920×1200, 8XAA, Ultra High) :>55 fps
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. (1920×1080, 8xAA) :>61 fps

Thanks PCW

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