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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTS 450 Palit Sonic Platinum 1GB Edition Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 369% 72%
Halo: Reach 49% 45%
Cyberpunk 2077 545% 137%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 369% 72%
Doom Eternal 304% 48%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 545% 137%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 82% 93%
Grand Theft Auto VI 617% 163%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 545% 137%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 189% 6%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 Palit Sonic Platinum 1GB Edition.

The GTS 450 has a 50 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7950, but the HD 7950 has 80 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTS 450. As a result, the HD 7950 exhibits a 68.8 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTS 450. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTS 450 has a 50 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7950, but the HD 7950 has 16 more Render Output Units than the GTS 450. As a result, the HD 7950 exhibits a 13.3 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTS 450. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 7950 was released over a year more recently than the GTS 450, and so the HD 7950 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTS 450.

The HD 7950 has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTS 450, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 7950 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 7950 has 176 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTS 450, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7950 is massively better than the GTS 450.

The GeForce GTS 450 Palit Sonic Platinum 1GB Edition has 192 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition has 1792. However, the actual shader performance of the GTS 450 is 357 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7950 is 1417. The HD 7950 having 1060 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 7950 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTS 450.

The HD 7950 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTS 450. This means that the HD 7950 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTS 450.

The GeForce GTS 450 Palit Sonic Platinum 1GB Edition requires 107 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTS 450 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7950. The HD 7950 has been recommended a PSU with 100 Watts more than the GTS 450. The difference is significant enough that the HD 7950 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTS 450.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed930 MHzvs880 MHz
Boost Clock-vs930 MHz
ArchitectureFermi GF106-250-KA-A1GCN 1.0 Tahiti PRO2
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Great
Release Date13 Sep 2010vs01 Aug 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
6.3
vs green tick
9.8
1920x1080
4.7
vs green tick
7.9
2560x1440
2.9
vs green tick
5.9
3840x2160 - vs green tick
4.4

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth64GB/secvs240GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB vs green tick 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units192vs1792
Actual Shader Performance17%vs68%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units32vs112
Texture Rate29.8 GTexel/svs98.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate14.9 GPixel/svs28.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power107 Watts-
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 29 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-560 3.3GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTS 450 Palit Sonic Platinum 1GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's fast-middle-class GeForce GTS 450, created by Palit.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit is now of 930MHz, instead of 783MHz while the Operating Memory Clock was increased to 1000MHz.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System was replaced by Palit's Single Fan Solution which means the Graphics Card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 14% performance boost over the reference GeForce GTS 450.
Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition.
This edition comes with a custom cooling solution and overclocking out of the box in the core-clock that was increase by 30MHz to 880MHz. Therefore, the Turbo Boost is now of 930MHz.
Expect a 1.5% performance boost when compared to the reference Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition.
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