Introducing the Cards (contd.)
Palit GeForce GTS 450 Sonic Platinum
The “Sonic Platinum” moniker is only bestowed on Palit’s fastest cards and in this case, the Palit GeForce GTS 450 Sonic Platinum is well deserving of the title thanks to its incredible and impressive clock speeds of 930MHz at the core, 1848MHz at the shaders and 4000MHz DDR for the memory. This is a whopping increase over a reference card’s comparable 789MHz, 1566MHz and 3608MHz DDR. Our only fear is that the card might run hot since the compact cooler it uses does not look up to the task of coping with such high clock speeds.
The Sparkle Calibre X450G
The Sparkle Calibre X450G is factory overclocked at 850MHz at the core, 1700MHz at the shaders and 3800MHz DDR, which is respectable even though it is not the fastest, and should give the Sparkle card a good boost in performance. However, what’s more eye-catching is its massive 2.5-slot, twin fan Accelero Twin Turbo Pro custom cooler from cooling specialist Arctic. It’ll be interesting to see how warm the card will run with a cooler this elaborate.