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EVGA GTS450 Review

Spaiker
(@spaiker)
Ninja

Well, it was part of the contest, so here it is (partially though, I still have exams, and once these are over, I'll post a whole review). I will be comparing it to a HD5850, since I own one.

Only thing I can say for now is the following:

Folding
Compared to HD5850, this card is a folding miracle (for me ;)). It folds most of the time with a PPD of 8.100, my HD5850 gets to a max PPD of 3.100.

The cooling
The cooler on this card is awesome. The GPU doesn't get over 62°C when folding for 2 hrs straight. I have to add I have a side panel case fan blowing on it because with 2 cards in a case, it tends to get hot. I'm someone that likes his computer silent. And when not using the cards for folding/gaming, I can't hear the cooler on the card. +REP for EVGA and nVidia :D. Compared to the stock cooler of my HD5850, this card is way better.

Some photos for now. (Will add more in the futur)

A little bit about overclocking now:

I used MSI afterburner, since I don't have that much experience with OC'ing an nVidia card, and this program is pretty easy to do so.

Standard Core, Shader and memory clocks are:
822MHz Core Clock
1645MHz Shader Clock
1804MHz Memory Clock
I Overclocked them to the following:
925MHz Core Clock
1850MHz Shader Clock
1900MHz Memory Clock
This with a Core Voltage of 1037 mV

This had a raise of 500PPD in folding. So I fold now with about 8700PPD.
I think I'm going to try and get towards 9000, even 10K PPD, if that would be possible?

Edited with some other pictures.
So that is it for now, I got to go and study maths 🙁
If anyone has some questions/ideas that need to be in the review, just ask 😀
I also want to apologize for the pictures that are too big, I'm running the Wide Red theme, so I can't see if they fit or not.

Spaiker

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Topic starter Posted : 13/12/2010 5:00 am
BabyBalla
(@babyballa)
Guru

very nice!

/promoting to article

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Posted : 13/12/2010 5:02 am
Joe
 Joe
(@joe)
Assended

FPS one games etc? Temps?

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Posted : 13/12/2010 9:00 am
Spaiker
(@spaiker)
Ninja

That is what I'm getting to, Students still got to study first and then have fun?

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Topic starter Posted : 13/12/2010 10:02 am
Spartan
(@spartan)
Ninja

It's all about balancing the two, i know. ;|

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Posted : 13/12/2010 11:53 am
Joe
 Joe
(@joe)
Assended

@Spaiker 51339 wrote:

That is what I'm getting to, Students still got to study first and then have fun?

Sorry, that wasn't supposed to sound as demanding as it did 😛

I like the review so far. Have you got it in with your 5850?

For me, it's fun first and work on the night before it's due in.

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Posted : 13/12/2010 1:17 pm
Joe
 Joe
(@joe)
Assended

@Spaiker 51339 wrote:

That is what I'm getting to, Students still got to study first and then have fun?

Sorry, that wasn't supposed to sound as demanding as it did 😛

I like the review so far. Have you got it in with your 5850?

For me, it's fun first and work on the night before it's due in.

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Posted : 13/12/2010 1:17 pm
Spaiker
(@spaiker)
Ninja

Lol, I'm not going to study 200+ pages of maths I don't understand the night before the exam 😀
I am running it simultaniously with my 5850. The idea is to use it as a physics processor later on. but for now, I can game and fold at the same time.
Probably I will add more information tomorrow, because I have my ssd (OCZ Vertex 2 - 120GB) arriving tomorrow, so I can do a clean install and work propperly with it. Does anyone have a decent folding client for nVidia only? 🙂

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Topic starter Posted : 13/12/2010 2:25 pm
Darken1
(@darken1)
Jedi

Nice review 🙂 thanks for posting.

FAH GPU Tracker uses the same client you can download from Stanford.
They only have two for fermi cards the console client and the systray client.
You can try them both and see what works best in your system, i prefer the systray client but for different cards FAH GPU tracker is best.

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Posted : 13/12/2010 4:02 pm
Spaiker
(@spaiker)
Ninja

A little bit about overclocking now:

I used MSI afterburner, since I don't have that much experience with OC'ing an nVidia card, and this program is pretty easy to do so.

Standard Core, Shader and memory clocks are:
822MHz Core Clock
1645MHz Shader Clock
1804MHz Memory Clock
I Overclocked them to the following:
925MHz Core Clock
1850MHz Shader Clock
1900MHz Memory Clock
This with a Core Voltage of 1063 mV

This had a raise of 500PPD in folding. So I fold now with about 8.700PPD.
I think I'm going to try and get towards 9000, even 10K PPD, if that would be possible?

That is for today, now I will study hex, binairy and decimal codes.;

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Topic starter Posted : 14/12/2010 2:35 am
strudinox
(@strudinox)
BOT Admin

Wow very impressive overclocks! Does the 450 allow you to tweak the core voltage?

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Posted : 14/12/2010 10:08 am
Spaiker
(@spaiker)
Ninja

Yes it does, standard core voltage is 1000 mV, and I even think I have more room to overclock. I got to a PPD of 9.200 today, but it dropped the WU because the card wasn't stable. I currently don't have the card running because I just installed an OCZ Vertex II 120GB ssd. If you want it, I can review it too? If I start folding again, will I get the Folder tag too? :chill:

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Topic starter Posted : 14/12/2010 10:19 am
Joe
 Joe
(@joe)
Assended

Yes and Yes 🙂

Not bad overclocks, just make em stable!

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Posted : 14/12/2010 10:42 am
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