For the most part I had thought we would've probably reached the end of the GTS 450 lookovers. We've looked at a number of versions of the model and a number of different speeds. We've seen it overclocked and in SLI, but when I saw the press release for the one we're looking at today, I just had to check it out.
Palit don't sample a lot of models. They tend to just send over the highly overclocked custom models like the Platinum Sonic we've already looked at. And while the one we're looking at carries with it the default clocks, something we actually haven't seen yet, its ace up its sleeve, is the fact that it's a half height card.
I've had a bit of a weird fondness for low profile cards; I've never had the need for one, never had to purchase one, but there's just something cool about them. This is especially the case as time goes on and we're seeing some good performance out of these cards. Sure, it's cool to see cards that take up three slots or hang over the end of your motherboard, but when you've got something that can pack a bit of punch at half the height of a normal performance video card, I think it's pretty cool and definitely has its practical advantages in certain scenarios, too.
Checking out the package, there's nothing too out of the ordinary. The front of the box clearly tells us in the bottom corner that we're dealing with a Low Profile version of the card. Inside we've got the standard driver CD, paperwork and dual Molex to 6-Pin PCI-E connector. The main extra is a full size bracket which makes the low profile card fit into a system that isn't low profile.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Card and Specifications]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and 3DMark Vantage]
- Page 4 [Unigine Heaven Benchmark]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Resident Evil 5]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Mafia II]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Aliens vs. Predator]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Final Fantasy XIV]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Street Fighter IV]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - Batman Arkham Asylum]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 15 [Benchmarks - PhysX Tests]
- Page 16 [Temperature Test]
- Page 17 [Sound Test]
- Page 18 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 19 [Total Performance Rating (TPR)]
- Page 20 [Total Value Rating (TVR)]
- Page 21 [Final Thoughts]
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