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Gainward Ti/450 Golden Sample GeForce3 Review
By: Pakman - February 4, 2002

Introduction

Gainward as we all know by now, is a manufacturer of high quality NVIDIA based video cards. As you saw in our recent review of the Ti/550 from Gainward, it ranks as one of the best GeForce3 cards ever made. In this review, we will look at it's Ti/200 based card. It's curiously called the Ti/450 Golden Sample, which may throw you at first. But when you realize that this card uses 4ns DDR and is clocked differently than most Ti/200 cards, it starts to make sense. I have to start off by saying, that for a street price of $150, the Gainward Ti/450 kicks most other GeForce3 cards squarely in the ass. As this card performs better than most other Ti/200 and regular GeForce3 cards do. You'll soon see why.

This card does support TV-out, but not TV-in as the Ti/550 did. I don't use TV-in or TV-out, so that's here nor there for me personally. However, if you require TV-in; this card does not support that. For a pure 3D gamer though, this card will deliver the goods at a very modest price for you.

Gainward Ti/450 Golden Sample GeForce3

The Card:




Here's a snapshot of the card. Note that the cooler is different than the Ti/550's. No small fins on this one, a more traditional orb style heat-sink, which is a bit of a disappointment. It's applied correctly with a thin even coating of thermal compound across the entire surface of the GPU. The RAM sinks are divided into four units, one for each two RAM modeule.

 

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