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Old September 12, 2010, 09:55 PM
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legit? lets see..looked over tpu and here, and tpu got over 900 mhz core on everything they tested.
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Old September 13, 2010, 05:50 AM
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Great review sky!
Finally Nvidia has a sub $150 card for people who don't want to spend a lot on video, but still want to play the odd game.
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Old September 13, 2010, 06:43 AM
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Hmmm.........It's a good performer, but still trails the 5770 (except when overclocked, and even then it still loses in some instances); even in the Crossfire/SLI comparison (aside the 5770's embarrassing display in SC 2). It's about what I expected. I think it's priced a little too closely to the 5770, which is starting to come down in price, but meh.

Good review Sky, I look forward to the GTX 470 review.

It's funny how the 5770 Crossfire preforms worse at Starcraft 2 than a single 5770. LOL.
I'm curious too about why the cross fire 5770 is worse!
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Old September 13, 2010, 06:50 AM
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Looks like the 460 is still my chosen gpu folding path. Just waiting for the rumored price drops...............
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Old September 13, 2010, 06:56 AM
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I'm curious too about why the cross fire 5770 is worse!
The Cat 10.8 and 10.8b have issues with Crossfire in Starcraft II. ATI has been able to replicate the scaling problems and is working on a fix.
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Old September 13, 2010, 09:05 AM
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Nice reviews man, excellent work
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Nice review once more for you our review guru!
Now for the card, pretty nice to see it perfmorning near a 5770. If she is around 140-150CAD the price will be decent, anything over that will be shame.
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Old September 13, 2010, 09:55 AM
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As far as folding goes... it's a great replacement for the 8800/9800/250 for folks who're either looking for a budget single folding card, or more importantly multiple cards for a folding farm.

When I was looking for folding farm cards (admittedly this was a while ago), even the 250s were high(ish) pricewise, and the only cards that could come close to this kind of output started around $250.

If the #s stand... the output is pretty close to what I get with my GTX275, and pretty well on par with what I get with my GTX 280. This is with the two cards running the older GPU2 client.... running the GPU3 client (which the 450 does) in my experience comes with a 10 - 15% penalty for non-fermi cards. Sooner or later the GPU2 WUs will run out and we'll be forced to accept that penalty which will make the output of the 450 look even better.

I admit that the 460's newly announced pricing would make the decision a bit harder, but atm the lowest price I can find for any 460 is $179 while the 450 can be found for $139. $40 is a fairly large difference in price when you're looking at a budget card, especially if a person was looking at getting two or more of them.

Hopefully I'll have one folding fairly soon to see if the PPD of 8.5K on an OC'd card stands the test of time. ;)
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Newegg.ca - ASUS ENGTS450 DIRECTCU/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Only $135.49. Downside is that it's not the TOP version so it's not clocked as high. However everything else looks the same so it seems that one can easily achieve the clocks of the TOP version, and then some.
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Sorry guys, I had posted an unedited version of the conclusion for the EVGA review. An edited version has been posted which fixes some grammar issues and provides a clearer perspective about the card.
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