Performance in First-Person 3D Shooters
Aliens vs. Predator
This game is benchmarked in DirectX 11 mode with the highest graphics quality settings.
The old GeForce GTS 250 defaults from the race as it doesn't support DirectX 11 whereas the GeForce GTS 450 is good enough, even though its speed is not as high as to play the game comfortably. We can only note that Nvidia’s new solution is competitive to the Radeon HD 5830, especially when overclocked.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
We can now compare the old and new generations of Nvidia’s entry-level products. The GeForce GTS 450 is just as good as its predecessor and outperforms the latter when overclocked. It delivers comfortable performance at low resolutions like 1600x900 or 1280x1024, beating the Radeon HD 5770 in terms of bottom speed.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
The new entry-level card from Nvidia is inferior to its predecessor but the difference in their average frame rates is small. When overclocked, the GeForce GTS 450 goes ahead, getting very close to the Radeon HD 5830. The new card looks good for its price, especially as it delivers a playable frame rate in the Full-HD mode.
We can’t expect a $129 graphics card to do anything in such a heavy game as Crysis Warhead. However, we can see the GeForce GTS 450 outperform the GeForce GTS 250 at every resolution thanks to its more progressive architecture and larger computing resources. Unfortunately, it is not strong enough to compete with the Radeon HD 5700 series, being much slower even than the junior model Radeon HD 5750.