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The market currently offers many overclocked GTS 450 cards, a testament to GF106’s nice overclocking potential. Reference clocks stand at 783/1566/902MHz (core/shaders/memory), whereas Gainward’s GTS 450 GLH card runs at 930/1860/4000MHz, making it currently the fastest GTS 450 around.
Gainward offers three GTS 450 cards and all three of these are special for its video outs configuration that Gainward calls “QuattroPorts”. This facet of Gainward’s design is dubbed “GOOD” by the company. The card comes with HDMI, two dual-link DVIs and VGA outs whereas the cooling is Gainward’s dual-slot, nonreference solution.
Gainward squeezed the maximum from GTS 450, with its GLH card offering up to 19% better performance compared to reference cards. Gainward GTS 450 GLH is priced at about €117, here, which unfortunately makes it pricier than most HD 5770 cards – its direct competitors.
All in all, Gainward’s GOOD design has proven to be efficient with GTS 450 cards. The performance boost provided by Gainward’s overclock is pretty nice and definitely gives GTS 450 GLH the edge over its reference counterpart, but everything points to the fact that Nvidia has not yet come up with a HD 5770-killer.
This card will be your faithful companion if your resolutions of choice are up to 1680x1050. If you’re an Nvidian in the market for a new card and have decided to purchase a GTS 450 card, then there’s no reason why Gainward’s GTS 450 GLH shouldn’t be on your list, well ahead of the reference solution of course.