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evga gts 450

Maybe the hardest of the hard-core gamers want a faster graphics card, but for the majority of computer users, the EVGA GTS 450 is overkill by a long-shot. In this series of reviews on my son’s home-built computer, we went fairly high-end on performance without becoming too extreme. Last week we reviewed the Asus 24″ Monitor.  The GTS-450 fits beautifully with a system that is mostly used for game programming, not actual gaming. Don’t get me wrong, this graphics card is plenty capable of performing impressive frame-rates with the latest games, but it is by no stretch of the imagination, the gamer’s spare-no-expense, state-of-the-art graphics card. It would be tough to find a more suitable, reasonably priced graphics card, particularly for the needs of the game-programmer, occasional gamer who needs performance, but not the very fastest, most expensive graphics card on the planet. Besides, no matter which graphics card you buy today, there will always be a faster, more expensive one on the horizon. The 450 represents the sweet-spot in computing graphics power were value and performance meet. I looked at a few comparable Radeon graphics cards and was unable to get the quite the same performance per dollar. So, now you know why I chose the GTS-450, but why the EVGA brand?

EVGA Brand makes a Difference

There are as many different versions of the GTS-450 as there are brands of socks. I chose the EVGA version of the GTS 450 based on two things: EVGA is a 4-star reviewed product with a very good track-record among hundreds of different users. Other makers of the same GTS-450 card are not always rated so well. The second reason I chose the EVGA GTS 450 was its outstanding price: $99.00 after mail-in rebate. $100 for a relatively high-performance graphics card like the EVGA GTS 450 is not too shabby.  So, how does this competitively priced GTS 450 graphics card by EVGA look on paper?

EVGA GTS 450 Specs

  • EVGA 01G-P3-1450-TR GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Chipset Maker: Nvidia
  • Memory Clock Speed: 3608MHz
  • Core Clock: 822MHz
  • Processor Cores: 192
  • Shader Clock Speed: 1654MHz
  • Open GL: 4.0
  • DirectX: 11.0
  • Memory Size: 1GB
  • Connections: 1 HDMI Port and 2 DVI Ports
  • Warranty: 2 Year Parts/Labor

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