Performance in Simulators
Colin McRae: Dirt 2
We enable the DirectX 11 mode for graphics cards that support it.
The GeForce GTS 450 is splendid in this test, being only inferior to the Radeon HD 5830 at 2560x1600. It beats the Radeon HD 5750 and 5770 easily. Such entry-level cards are seldom bought for a computer system equipped with a 2560x1600 30-inch monitor while the resolution of 1920x1080 is quite playable on the GeForce GTS 450. You can use this card to play the game on a Full-HD TV-set, for example.
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.
The game’s integrated benchmark cannot report the bottom frame rate. We use DirectX 10 and 10.1 modes here.
The GeForce GTS 250 is quite a failure while its successor feels good at resolutions up to Full HD (1920x1080). You can even try to play this game at 2560x1600 on the new card. The entry-level products from AMD are slower.
Performance in Strategies
We use DirectX 11 mode for graphics cards that support it.
Every graphics card has a low bottom speed in this game but the GeForce GTS 450 is just as good as the Radeon HD 5830 in terms of average frame rate. It is only at a resolution of 2560x1600, which is not really meant for such cheap graphics cards, that the GeForce GTS 450 is somewhat slower than its AMD opponent. The results of the GeForce GTS 250 make it clear that its time-tested architecture is too old and weak for the year of 2010.
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Zotac’s factory overclocking helps the GeForce GTS 450 make the game playable at 1920x1080, but the new card is quite competitive to the Radeon HD 5770 and even to the Radeon HD 5830 without any overclocking. AMD's unrivalled superiority in the segment of affordable DirectX 11 compatibles has come to an end.