Zotac GTS450 AMP! Review
We enjoy many things here at OC3D. Of course one of the things we like most of all is serious hardware. After all, who wouldn't want to test many hundreds of pounds of kit?
But we also have guilty pleasures, and that's products that are extraordinary value. The motherboard that's under a ton but has the ability of a much more expensive unit. A £20 cooler that keeps your CPU running cool. A graphics card that's priced for the student/family man market, but can get it done.
With that smooth segue we have in our hands the 'Zotac GTS450 AMP!' which is our first look at the new range of low-end cards from nVidia. Soon to be joined by a 430 and a 440, does the Zotac GTS450 AMP! follow on from the Gainward 460 we reviewed last month as being a surprisingly good performer?
If the GTX460 was a cut-down version of the GTX480, but still with the potential to be great, the GTS450 is so cut-down as to almost be a different breed entirely.
When compared to the GTX460 the CUDA cores have been reduced from 336 to only 192. The GTS450 has 4 Polymorph engines instead of the 7 of the 460, and shader units are also greatly cut from 56 down to 32.
However with less performance comes less power-draw and less heat. So instead of two 6-pin PCI-e power and a 160W TDP, we have a single 6-pin and 106W TDP. We all know that heat is the major drawback of the Fermi based chips, so this definitely should run much cooler than the other models in the range.
When it comes to clock speed Zotac have really pulled out all the stops and then some for the AMP! model. The GPU runs at 875MHz, a huge increase over the stock card. With the shaders being linked to core speed this gives us a shader speed of 1750MHz.
Time to have a look.