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Old September 14, 2010, 11:38 AM
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As I stated earlier, it's not a great card. Its power consumption is questionable, however it's not a stock card that seems to need so much more power. The stock cards almost seem a waste as the others coming out walk all over them. Gigabyte has the right idea with keeping the price the same as a stock one thereby making stock cards moot.
Are you talking about the ASUS card? If so, I agree. It seems not as power efficient as the rest of them and needs a lot of power juice in order to get the benchmarks it does. It might have low temps but the power it needs to deliver on that and the high benchmark figures means it might provoke a bit of questioning.

Imho, for me, out of those cards, I'd consider the Gigabyte and EVGA. I am considering the Gigabyte and a standard EVGA GTS 450 since they're both about $139. The Gigabyte is able to have reasonable power figures and low temps and might not be the best performer but it's a decent compromise, imho. The EVGA (reference?) might be able to fit custom coolers in the future if one wants to overclock it more? Just my two cents...carry on.,,
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Old September 14, 2010, 11:39 AM
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you're not getting dx11 on a 200 series card, period. top of the line is worthless anyways, IMO, because of said DX hardware revisions, for instance. If I pay 400+ fo ra gpu I'm not getting another one for YEARS.
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Old September 14, 2010, 01:03 PM
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For a mid range card this isn't that bad. It would also give you DX11 if you don't want to spend a fair bit for a gpu. Personally, I would never get anything but top of the line when purchasing gpus. I would rather wait and save my $ b4 buying to get that. After all, when I had the GTX 295, I saw no need to jump onto the new gpu bandwagon right away. That card still has good numbers. If they do add drivers to enable DX11/3D it will be that much better.
The price is a bit high at the moment, but will adjust soon enough. I fail to see why it's not considered a good card. Cooler running, less power consumption, overclocks well,...I don't consider it a great card, but as stated, one person's garbage,....
The 5770 has DX11 support, is faster, has lower power consumption, supports Eyefinity, and I've heard rumours of a price drop that will bring it down to at or below the 450's MSRP. The only reason I can see for buying this card is if you're an nVidia fanboy, but that's hardly a good reason at all.
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The 5770 has DX11 support, is faster, has lower power consumption, supports Eyefinity, and I've heard rumours of a price drop that will bring it down to at or below the 450's MSRP. The only reason I can see for buying this card is if you're an nVidia fanboy, but that's hardly a good reason at all.
But the 5770 folds like shit.
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But the 5770 folds like shit.
If I were looking for a folding card then I'd go with a 460 instead. The 450 might look like it's pretty good, but compared to the 460 it doesn't offer anything other than a lower base price.
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Zero strike again! But have to agree with him once more. It would have been nice to include in the review some factory overclocked 5770 to see if factory OC 450 are better or not. Just an idea.
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If I were looking for a folding card then I'd go with a 460 instead. The 450 might look like it's pretty good, but compared to the 460 it doesn't offer anything other than a lower base price.
Looking at the specs too I have come to wonder if the extra shaders will help with the bigger WUs that depend on the extra cores.
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With any luck I'll have some long term averages to post up in a couple of weeks. I've got a 450 on the way shortly, but I also have to wait on an RMA'd PSU.
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Do you guys believe the rumor that this card will improve in performance with drivers? Someone explained that Nvidia already released some new drivers, which would have likely have taken this card into account. However, even if Nvidia released drivers to improve performance, the increase would be negligible. Do you reckon this is true?
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happens all the time. 5%, wil lyou notice it? probably not. 15-20% in some cases? hell yeah
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