Nvidia launched the Geforce GTS 450 September 13, and it took less than a month for EVGA GX 450 FPB card prices to drop from €129 to €107, here. Other Nvidia partners have cut their prices as well, so currently the most affordable GTS 450 goes for €100, here.
EVGA GTS 450 Free Performance Boost (FPB) is a graphics card for not so demanding gamers who prefer resolutions like 1680x1050, meaning it’s a mid-range card that will compete with Radeon HD 5750 and HD 5770.
Free Performance Boost (FPB) in other words means that the card comes with a slight factory overclock that will provide higher performance levels than those on reference GTS 450 cards. GTS 450 FPB runs at 823MHz for the GPU, which is 40MHz higher than reference whereas the memory didn’t change from reference 902MHz (3608MHz effectively).
Apart from the GTS 450 FPB, EVGA also offers two faster GTS 450 cards. GTS 450 Superclocked runs at 882/3800MHz (GPU/memory) whereas the GTS 450 FTW runs at 920/4104MHz.
GPUZ confirms that the GTS 450 comes with 192 shader processors split in four Streaming Multiprocessor clusters and 1GB of GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit memory interface. There are 32 texture units and 16 ROPs. Shader processors are clocked at twice the GPU’s clocks – 1646MHz.
GF106 GPU is the GTS 450’s ticker, which is of course derived from Fermi architecture. It packs about 1.17 billion transistors, unlike the GF104 which uses 2.1 billion or GF100 with its 3 billion transistors.
Just like the GTS 460, the GTS 450 should be a good overclocking material.