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Monday, 13 September 2010 14:33

Nvidia GTS 450 scales well in SLI

Written by Slobodan Simic
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Up to 84% gain

One thing that came as a pleasant surprise is the SLI scaling with the newely announced Nvidia Geforce GTS 450 card. Despite the fact that Nvidia marketed the card as the "perfect LAN party GPU" for 1680x1050 resolution, two of these in SLI are doing quite well at higher resolutions. Scaling in Crossfire and SLI was always a problem and you could rarely justify the price of getting two cards compared to a single, more powerful card.

This time around, Nvidia Geforce GTS 450 does its job quite well and the guys at Techpowerup.com paired these two to see is there any value in SLI configurations with these cards. The SLI scaling gain goes from 60 percent at 1024x768 resolution to up to 84 percent at 1920x1200 and 2560x1600 resolutions. The GTS 450 SLI outperforms ATI Radeon HD 5850 and sells for almost the same price, as the lowest price for the HD 5850 stands at US $259.99, and two GTS 450 cards can be yours for around US $260.

To make things worse, the GTS 450 SLI comes close to the Geforce GTX 470 which sell for US $279.99. The obvious drawbacks are higher power consumption, noise and temperatures, which are usually higher in multi-GPU configurations rather than on single GPU card.

It might make sense to buy a single GTS 450 now and leave room for another once the price goes down. You can check out the full SLI scaling review here.

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Last modified on Monday, 13 September 2010 14:45
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-2 #1 Bl0bb3r 2010-09-13 14:57
I just saw a review on guru3d about 5770 on Quad Xfire... 2 and 3 cards scale pretty well on a lot of games so I don't really know why this was a problem. About SLI, there were never any problems AFAIK, nvidia had plenty of time to take care of that while renaming stuff.

BTW, what's the warranty on these ones? Nonexistent?
 
 
+6 #2 AndreiD 2010-09-13 15:37
A GTS450 SLI is close to a GTX470 while a HD5770 crossfire is closer to a HD5870.
So the HD5770 > GTS450 SLI (though a couple of $ more expensive).
Even so, I don't think Crossfire or SLI is relevant to the vast majority of gamers...
 
 
-16 #3 Jaberwocky 2010-09-13 16:34
MILTIPLE NVIDIA CARDS ARE MORE RELEVENT TO CUDA APPLICATIONS THAN SLI.ANY OLD X8 OR x16 PCIE SLOTS WILL DO.WITH SLI YOU NEED A COMPATABLE MOTHERBOARD FOR SLI AND THEY ARE NOT AS COMMON AS CROSSFIRE BOARDS.ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE AN AMD PROCESSOR.BEST TO JUST GET 1 POWERFULL CARD THAN COMPLICATE THINGS WITH MULTIPLE CARDS.
 
 
+11 #4 Nubstick 2010-09-13 17:30
Capslock, like cruise control for cool.

Also, no surprise on the SLI scaling, it has always fared very well.
 
 
+2 #5 Bl0bb3r 2010-09-13 17:45
Quoting Nubstick:
Capslock, like cruise control for cool.



Hahahaha... dude, I'm gonna borrow that line for future needs. I hope you won't mind.
 
 
+2 #6 nforce4max 2010-09-13 17:48
To be honest the GTS 450 is underwhelming compared to even older G92, R770, and GT200 much less up against GF104. The GTX 460 1gb is a better buy in the end then two GTS 450 and will only appeal to those who don't have the cash for any thing better than this or the 5770. Also I am tired of the fanboys still raving on and on about the 5770 being the best thing since usb stick to ever grace the computing world. -_- I never really like fanboys that much but guilty of the same but only a moderate compared to the nut jobs. At least this isn't like some of us had to live through in the late 90s.
 
 
+1 #7 ryanyomomma 2010-09-13 19:26
This is not surprising...this may be a potential buy for a cheaper project that i'm planning on doing.
 
 
+1 #8 spede 2010-09-13 19:30
It's kind of fudzilla -style to make failed nvidia card to seem like a great deal :). GTS 450 is inferior to similarly priced HD5770 and I expect HD5750/HD5770 prices come tumbling down soon enough. Good effort from nvidia but AMD took this round.
 
 
-5 #9 ryanyomomma 2010-09-13 20:34
of course, dickheads here would love to disagree with my last sentence by hitting the dredded red button....you guys are [censored]ing lame. A god damn statement saying that I may use this for a cheaper build that I'm working on...why would it be called a cheap tower if you put something like a 59xx card or a GTX 480? Cheap as in a comp that I need to do a specific task and not be my workhorse....lame asses.

oh...is this place...biased towards Nvidia too? That's pretty sad if you ask me. at least I can say that I actively use both although they're old now (a 4970 and a GTS250)
 
 
-3 #10 jonelsorel 2010-09-14 06:08
It might make more sense to buy a hotter running, louder, and more power hungry card the market has to offer only if you shop for nVidia this generation around, mr. Simic. It might not make that much sense if you shop for the better card.
 

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