Test System Specs & 3Dmark Vantage

Test System Specs
- Intel Core i7 920 (Overclocked @ 3.70GHz)
- x3 2GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (CAS 9-9-9-24)
- Asus P6T Deluxe (Intel X58)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200-RPM (Serial ATA300)
- HIS Radeon HD 5870 (1GB)
- HIS Radeon HD 5850 (1GB)
- HIS Radeon HD 5830 (1GB)
- HIS Radeon HD 5770 (1GB) Crossfire
- HIS Radeon HD 5770 (1GB)
- HIS Radeon HD 5750 (1GB)
- Palit GeForce GTX 470 (1.3GB)
- Inno3D GeForce GTX 460 (768MB)
- Palit GeForce GTS 450 (1GB) SLI
- Palit GeForce GTS 450 Sonic Platinum (1GB)
- Palit GeForce GTS 450 (1GB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
- Nvidia Forceware 258.96 WHQL
- Nvidia Forceware 260.52
- ATI Catalyst 10.8


The 3Dmark Vantage results suggest that the stock clocked GeForce GTS 450 will provide a level of performance situated right between the Radeon HD 5750 and 5770. The overclocked Palit GTS 450 Sonic Platinum board scored 18% higher placing it well in front of the Radeon HD 5770 (non overclocked).

However, the most interesting result came when testing the GeForce GTS 450 SLI configuration which performed as a rough equivalent of the Radeon HD 5770 Crossfire cards making them faster than both the Radeon HD 5850 and GeForce GTX 470 graphics cards.