Performance in Synthetic and Semi-Synthetic Benchmarks
Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
We minimize the CPU’s influence by using the Extreme profile (1920x1200, 4x FSAA and anisotropic filtering). We also publish the results of the individual tests across all resolutions.
The new card is far from brilliant in 3DMark Vantage when working at the reference GPU and memory frequencies. The best that the ordinary GeForce GTS 450 can do is score more points than the Radeon HD 5750. Overclocking makes it faster, so the Zotac card stops very short of the 5000-point mark. This is but slightly lower than the Radeon HD 5830’s score.
The GeForce GTS 450 cannot compete with the Radeon HD 5830 in the individual tests, but the pre-overclocked version from Zotac is quite a dangerous opponent for the Radeon HD 5770.
Final Fantasy XIV Official Benchmark
This benchmark produces an incomprehensible result in points, so we use Fraps to get more understandable numbers. It can only run at 1280x720 and 1920x1080.
This test preferring the Radeon HD 5000 architecture, the GeForce GTS 450 is competitive to the Radeon HD 5750 only. It is actually slower than the latter at 1280x720 and even more so at 1920x1080. We can also note that the GeForce GTS 250 is ahead of its successor in this test. This must be due to its 256-bit memory bus and high texture-mapping performance.
Unigine Heaven Benchmark
Unigine Heaven is optimized for Nvidia’s Fermi architecture, therefore the GeForce GTS 450 successfully competes with the Radeon HD 5830 even at 2560x1600 although in most other tests its low texture-mapping performance makes it slow at that resolution.