Is not that often that we have complete
specs about a future, unannounced, product such as NVIDIA's GTS 450
series of graphics cards, but thanks to a online store that listed
the Asus GeForce GTS 450 DirectCU, a full two weeks before this GPU
is launched, we know all there is to know about the future GTS 450.
Although this GPU drops the GTX name in
favor of the GTS moniker, that was used for designating older GPU
based graphics cards in the past (remember the GTS 250?), the GTS 460 will be built on top of NVIDIA's latest
Of course that this has suffered some
modifications, in order to enable a much smaller price for this chip,
but at its hart is the same Fermi GF100 architecture.
Dubbed this time the GF106, this 40nm,
DirectX 11 compatible GPU, will carry 192 CUDA cores, a GPU clock of
783 MHz, 128-bit memory interface and 1GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at
I have to admit that I am a bit
disappointed by these specs since the GTX 460 proved to be such a
balanced graphics card
, I find it hard to believe that NVIDIA
disabled three more Streaming Multiprocessors in the GTS 450, coming
down to 4 and 192 CUDA cores (from 7 SM units and 336 CUDA cores in the GTX
Further more, NVIDIA also cut the
memory's bus width from 256-bit, in the 1GB GTX 460, to just 128-bit in the GTS 450.
Considering all of this changes, we
should see an important drop in performance, one that is making me
doubt the €176 price tag the Asus
GeForce GTS 450 DirectCU was
listed for is worth it, even if Asus used a custom cooling solution for this card.
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