Performance in Third-Person 3D Shooters
Just Cause 2
This game’s integrated benchmark does not report the bottom frame rate.
It is only with a graphics card like the GeForce GTX 460 768MB or higher that you can get a playable frame rate in this game. Anyway, we can compare the GeForce GTS 450 and the GeForce GTS 250 to see that the latter is completely outdated whereas its successor is quite competitive to the AMD solutions.
Lost Planet 2
This is a newly released title on the PC platform, but it's clear that its system requirements are high. If you choose the highest graphics quality settings, you won’t get a playable frame rate even with a GeForce GTX 460 768MB, let alone a GeForce GTS 450. Well, the latter is quite good compared to its opponents, beating the Radeon HD 5830 at every resolution, except for 2560x1600, which is an indication of its high potential.
Performance in RPGs
Mass Effect 2
We enforced full-screen antialiasing using the method described in our special Mass Effect 2 review.
Graphics cards like the GeForce GTS 450 cannot run this game sufficiently fast at a resolution of 2560x1600 but the new card is just as good as the Radeon HD 5830 at 1920x1080 and beats the less advanced RV840-based solutions from AMD. The factory overclocking of the Zotac card doesn't show up in its performance much, yet the small increase in the bottom speed may be useful.