GeForce GTS 450 Video Card Review

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The GeForce GTS 450 (Cont’d)

In Figure 4, you can see the video card with its cooler removed. Note how it requires one six-pin auxiliary power connector. In Figures 5 and 6, you can see the cooler by itself. The cooler used on the GeForce GTS 450 is made of aluminum and cools down only the GPU.

GeForce GTS 450Figure 4: Video card with the cooler removed

GeForce GTS 450Figure 5: The GPU cooler

GeForce GTS 450Figure 6: The GPU cooler

The reviewed card uses eight 1 Gbit GDDR5 chips (four soldered on each side of the printed circuit board), making its 1 GB video memory (1 Gbit x 8 = 1 GB).

The chips used are K4G10325FE-HC05 parts from Samsung, which support up to 1 GHz (4 GHz QDR) and since on this video card memory is accessed at 902 MHz (3,608 MHz QDR), there is a good margin for you to increase the memory clock rate while keeping the chips inside the maximum they support. Of course you can always try to overclock the memory chips above their specs.

GeForce GTS 450Figure 7: Memory chips

Before seeing the performance results, let’s recap the main features of this video card.

Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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