Clocking in at 930MHz and 2000MHz (4000MHz effective) for graphics core and memory respectively, the factory-overclocked Gainward GeForce GTS 450 Golden Sample ‘Goes Like Hell’ is the fastest GeForce GTS 450 product in the market. It also sports a custom heatsink, dubbed the Grand-Prix Heat-pipes Hybrid Cooler.
Gainward has released three graphics cards today based on the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GPU. The first and most interesting product is the GeForce GTS 450 Golden Sample ‘Goes Like Hell’ Edition. A reference GeForce GTS 450 is clocked at 783MHz, but Gainward has boosted that by some 18% to a screaming 930MHz core frequency. Bumped up from 1804MHz, memory frequency is now 2000MHz (4000MHz effective). Gainward claims that at such factory-overclocked speeds, the GTS 450 Golden Sample ‘GLH’ is faster that the ATI Radeon HD 5770 by about 8% in DirectX 10, and about 22% in DirectX 11.
Gainward has used what it calls the Grand-Prix Heat-pipes Hybrid Cooler for heat dissipation. 6mm heatpipes channel heat away from the copper base into the aluminium fins. A large 80mm fan keeps noise levels low, while still providing ample airflow.
Besides the GTS 450 Golden Sample ‘GLH’, Gainward also has a ‘vanilla’ Golden Sample variant – which still packs a large punch. The GTS 450 Golden Sample is clocked at 880MHz and 1950MHz (3900MHz effective) for its core and memory frequencies respectively. Still, the Golden Sample is expected to beat the Radeon HD 5770 in DirectX 10, and outperform the latter by up to 17% in DirectX 11.
The last card available in this series from Gainward is a reference clocked GeForce GTS 450 at 783MHz.
Other Gainward ideas include QuattroPorts – four display outputs comprising of two dual-link DVI, one HDMI, and one VGA. Also, high quality low ESR solid OS-CON capacitors to improve overclocking ability and robustness. Lastly, the Golden Sample cards are tested in-house at their overclocked speeds to ensure stability and sustained performance.