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PNY GTS 450  (Source: NVIDIA)

GTS 450 GPU  (Source: AnandTech)
MSRP is $129 for the GTS 450

NVIDIA is unveiling its latest video card officially today called the GTS 450. It is a DirectX 11 card that promises some impressive performance with NVIDIA boasting that the card is good for 2.4 times the geometry processing performance of previous generation products.

The new GTS 450 is a Fermi-based video card that will sell at a low price of $129. Big green states that the card is good enough for the average gamers that play at 1600 x 1050 or 1280 x 1024 resolutions. NVIDIA claims that the GTS 450 is 65% faster than the closest competitive offering in tessellation.

In specific games like
StarCraft II, NVIDIA claims 30% more performance than the competition. NVIDIA is already positioning the GTS 450 for the mainstream gamer looking forward to some of the big games landing this holiday season like Civilization 2.

"The GeForce GTS 450 makes huge strides in expanding DX11 capability to the masses," said Sid Meier, Director of Creative Development, Firaxis Games. "Civilization V plays beautifully on the GTS 450 and looks even more amazing with 3D Vision technology."

The GTS 450 supports 3D Vision tech and can be used in SLI. 
AnandTech got hands on the GTS 450 for a full series of benchmarks and compares the card against the Radeon HD 5700 series. The GTS 450 has 192 stream processors, 16 ROPs and the stock clock speed is 783MHz on the core, 1566MHz on the shader, and 902MHz on the memory with a 128-bit memory bus. The card has 1GB of RAM and 1.17 billion transistors.

One of the things that NVIDIA is really pushing with the GTS 450 is the ability to overclock the card. That is good news for the enthusiasts and will mean a robust lineup of factory overclocked cards as well. 
AnandTech was able to overclock the core clock on a stock clocked reference card from 783MHz to 985MHz.

At the end of all the tests, 
AnandTech finds the card fast enough to not completely write it off as an option. However, the card isn’t aggressive enough on performance or price to make it a clear winner in the publications opinion.

NVIDIA also recently unveiled new mobile GPUs called the 400M series.

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Holy crap!
By Newspapercrane on 9/13/2010 9:37:35 AM , Rating: 5
This thing can play Civilization 2?!

RE: Holy crap!
By bug77 on 9/13/2010 10:04:38 AM , Rating: 2
To be honest, even the GTX460 can struggle at 1680x1050 with some of the latest titles maxed out. Seeing that GTX450 has about half (two thirds?) the horsepower, you might end-up actually playing Civ2.

RE: Holy crap!
By MrTeal on 9/13/2010 10:07:42 AM , Rating: 4
The day is finally come. We've been waiting 14 years, but finally a card has been delivered that can play Civ2.

Now where's my Win95 install CD?

RE: Holy crap!
By Hieyeck on 9/13/2010 10:09:09 AM , Rating: 2
So is that how nVidia is defining 'latest' these days?

RE: Holy crap!
By tedrodai on 9/13/2010 11:20:11 AM , Rating: 2
Unless someone explicitly says it, it might stay that way:

Shane, my friend, you meant Civ 5.

RE: Holy crap!
By MrBungle123 on 9/13/2010 1:43:34 PM , Rating: 1
Man is that was you need for Civ 2? I always wondered why i ran so slow. If only I had had a GTS 450 for my 386 I bet it would have been awesome!

Civ V + 3D = ???
By nafhan on 9/13/2010 10:17:27 AM , Rating: 2
Am I the only one that feels that 3D would bring absolutely nothing to a Civ game? If I didn't know better, this is the type of announcement that would make me worry about how good the game is going to be (i.e. don't worry about the gameplay, we've got 3D!!!). Oh well, I'm buying it ASAP and probably won't even think about the possibility of playing it in 3D ever again.
Also Civ 2 was fun, thanks for the nostalgia inducing typo!

RE: Civ V + 3D = ???
By raumkrieger on 9/13/2010 11:46:47 AM , Rating: 2
Ah Civ2. I always ended up enabling cheats so I could fight their archer with my tanks. I played many games with only one city that had all the World Wonders in it. Civ2 also did the spaceship and throne room best imo.

As for the typos, most times I can ignore them, but numbers are a wee bit more critical than words as far as accuracy is concerned. Imagine if your paycheck had a typo that moved the decimal place a few places to the left.
I'm sure you're all overworked and underpaid, but could you at least fix the critical typos after your faithful readers point them out in the comments?

RE: Civ V + 3D = ???
By MrBungle123 on 9/13/2010 1:46:37 PM , Rating: 2
I miss the Civ2 advisors the military guy always cracked me up.

Interesting card
By just4U on 9/13/2010 12:36:38 PM , Rating: 2
Nvidia hasn't really had anything to compete at the 100+ price point for some time. This card looks like it might fit in nicely.

Looking at benchmarks it appears to be somewhat faster then the 4850 so people with cards that are slower will probably be looking at this one with interest. The States appear to be enjoying a nice price drop for the 5700 lineup by AMD but the rest of us are not quite so fortunate yet.. so provided this card does come in at the $130 mark (or less) I think it's safe to say it's competitively priced.

RE: Interesting card
By DeepBlue1975 on 9/13/2010 1:45:37 PM , Rating: 2
Cut him some slack!

He said this:
"...landing this holiday season like Civilization 2."

With that, he meant... That someone has thrown a box of that game out of an airplane's window, and it's going to land this holiday!

Not sure how that is related to the vid card, but well, it's gaming news anyway, isn't it?

RE: Interesting card
By just4U on 9/13/2010 2:00:39 PM , Rating: 2
Cut who some slack? Shane? I didn't comment on the Civ2 typo.. all in all his information on the 450 is pretty good I think.

Tesselation? Really?
By Denigrate on 9/13/2010 10:00:18 AM , Rating: 2
NVIDIA claims that the GTS 450 is 65% faster than the closest competitive offering in tessellation.

Come on. Do we have zero editors at this site? "Writers" obviously can't even be bothered to read what they've typed.

RE: Tesselation? Really?
By Kurz on 9/13/2010 10:52:17 AM , Rating: 3
Hmm... Maybe you should submit your own story.
Just click the 'Submit news' button.

Will it?
By Souka on 9/13/2010 3:57:01 PM , Rating: 2
So will this $129 MSRP card perform better in games than my "old" Nvidia GTX 285?

RE: Will it?
By SandmanWN on 9/13/2010 4:37:14 PM , Rating: 3
It has to work hard just to best a GTX 260, so that 285 is way out of its range. Guess if you really place value on DX11, but even then you would be better off with a year old Radeon 5770.

Being sort of lazy
By RugMuch on 9/13/2010 11:53:19 AM , Rating: 2
Does this thing have double precision? I'm mostly interested in its physics capabilities.

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