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Cody Cardarelli Feb 18, 2011

Asus ENGTS450 DirectCU Review

At A Glance

SIZZLE

Reasonable gaming performance; efficient power consumption at idle; voltage tweak utility included.

SIZZLEAN

A VGA port? Really?

Call this the littlest Fermi. The Asus ENGTS450 is built on Nvidia’s GTS 450 GPU, a scaled-down version of Nvidia’s flagship architecture. The GTX 450 is its own chip, not a feature-reduced version of a large GPU. Asus’s GTS 450 card includes only a single dual-link DVI connector, plus VGA and HDMI outputs; only two can be simultaneously active. This is a newer design than the XFX HD 5770, launched in September 2010.

The Asus card wins in seven of 12 total benchmarks, while scoring five wins out of nine game tests. Idle power draw proved lower, too, although the Radeon GPU was more efficient under load. Note that the GTS 450 GPU is Nvidia’s first design to properly support full multichannel HDMI audio pass-through properly. While the HD 5770 offers some intriguing features, we’ll call this a TKO for the Asus card.

Note that in many games, you’ll still need to dial down resolution and graphics settings, particularly on bleeding-edge titles. That’s the trade-off with a sub-$150 card over the pricier spread.

SPECS


Asus ENGTS450
Shader Units*
192
Texture Units
32
ROPs
16
Power Connectors
1 x 6-pin
Core Clock
783MHz
Shader Clock
1,566MHz
GDDR5 Memory Clock
900MHz
GDDR5 Frame Buffer
1GB
Memory Interface
128-bit
Benchmarks

Asus ENGTS450
3DMark 2011
2,486
3DMark Vantage
11,498
Unigine Heaven 2.1 (fps) 14
Crysis (fps) 15
Battle Forge (fps) 26
Far Cry 2 (fps) 52
F1 2010 (fps) 28
HAWX 2 (fps) 67
Metro 2033 (fps) 9
STALKER: CoP (fps)23
Just Cause 2 Concrete Jungle (fps) 23
Aliens vs. Predator (fps) 16
Power @ idle (W)
127
Power @ full throttle (W)257

Our test bed is a 3.33GHz Core i7-975 Extreme Edition in an Asus P6X58D Premium motherboard with 6GB of DDR3/1333 and an 850TX Corsair PSU. The OS is 64-bit Windows Ultimate. All games are run at 1920x1200 with 4x AA.

THE VERDICT

Asus ENGTS450 DirectCU

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