Big card, medium performance, low price.
Nvidia’s got their bases covered with the GTX 480 line for the high-end and the GTX 460 for the enthusiast market, but those on a tight budget either look at previous-gen cards or have cards too weak for modern games. Somewhere in between these two segments is where Nvidia’s GTS 450 lies, providing acceptable performance at a low price.
Don’t ask me why, but ECS has decided to ahead and label the GTS 450 as GTX 450, perhaps sticking to a simple branding system but creating some confusion for the general consumer; unless there’s no official GTX 450 released by Nvidia. (UPDATE: ECS have come back to us reporting that the GTX on the cover was a mistake on their end. The actual retail boxes will have GTS 450 on them)
As with the ECS Black GTX 460 reviewed last week, the GTS 450 also comes with minimal packaging; 1 DVI to VGA and DVI to HDMI connector, a PCIE power cable, User manual and Drivers CD. This being a Black series card also means that it gets the ECS special treatment of factory overclock and a heavy heatsink, specifically the Accelero Twin Turbo Pro. The Core clock is up to 850MHz (up from 782MHz) and Memory clock is 2000MHz (up from 1800MHz). As for actual specs, the Nvidia GTS 450 is based on the GF 106 architecture, covered in 1.17 billion transistors, 192 Shaders and 16 ROPs. Now you can see exactly why the GTS 450 is priced the way it is.