Nvidia has released its third Fermi desktop graphics card to reviewers. The GTS450 card will ship with 192 CUDA cores versus 336 in the GTX460 and will have reduced memory bandwidth with a 128-bit-wide bus and fewer ROPs at 16. But the plus side is that the card will have 783MHz graphics and 1566MHz memory clock speeds. It will also need a lot less power, Nvidia claims, saying that the GTS450 card will require just the one 6-pin power connector.
It looks as if the NVIDIA is targeting ATI’s HD5750, which means that the GTS450 should be hitting the shops for about $130. Tweaktown claims that the GTX460 is a phenomenon because it’s much faster than it should be.
“Considering the cost and partners have just gone crazy with the model, offering all kind of variations including MSI who recently went all out with the HAWK version that offered us some insane overclocking potential,” Tweaktown raved.Nvidia is also hinting that its latest GTS450 card can be overclocked to the nines and some fans are suggesting that a stable 900MHz graphics clock speed will be possible.
from the official press release:
GeForce(R) GTS 450 — which was designed to deliver the best DX11 price/performance in the $129 USD price category. According to the latest Steam survey, a leading indicator of the hardware used by PC gamers today, 56 percent(i) of gamers play at mainstream resolutions, typically between 1600×1050 and 1280×1024. The GTS 450 was specifically designed to excel at these resolutions, delivering awesome DX11 performance with 4X antialiasing turned on, enabling more gamers than ever before to experience incredibly detailed characters, terrain and game environments with blazing fast performance and awesome visuals.
For games and applications that feature tessellation — the key feature of DX11 — the GTS 450 is up to 65% faster than the closest competitive product(ii). Even in last generation DX9 and DX10 games, the GTS 450 is faster by over 30%(iii), including in the blockbuster PC title StarCraft II. This makes the GTS 450 a terrific GPU for playing this year’s hottest games including the upcoming holiday titles like Civilization V and Hawx2, both of which feature support for DX11 and tessellation, and other games, such as Dead Rising 2.