So what can we say about this card? It is at the lower-end of DirectX 11 cards available, but if you are on a budget it will get you into the DirectX 11 game. Also if you are looking for a dedicated PhysX card this would be the perfect card for that. The $100-$120 price tag makes this card hard to pass up if you are looking to save money.
Sparkle has done a few different things with this card. They first have slightly overclocked the card from the stock 783MHz to 790MHz, this slight overclock is not going to really help you that much. Sparkle has also used a different cooler, which works pretty well but is not the best cooler we have seen on a GTS 450.
Simply put if you are looking for a video card on a budget the GeForce GTS 450 is a great choice, especially if you want DirectX 11 support. The Sparkle GTS 450 is one of the ones that is very close to the reference model and its lower price reflects that. It is about $10 cheaper than the Gigabyte model we reviewed a couple of weeks ago. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Sparkle GeForce GTS 450 1GB Video Card an 8 out of 10 score.
– Will fit into almost all cases
– The factory overclock won’t do much
– Dual slot