Palit GeForce GTS 450 Low Profile 1Gb GDDR5 Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2010-11-25

The GTS 450 Low Profile from Palit is one of the most powerful cards meant for installing inside a HTPC, so we basically get of both worlds: a compact and silent system while surfing the internet or doing office work along with decent performances in todays' games, if using lower resolutions.

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A Closer Look Continued

The high RPM fan comes with the Palit logo on top:




On one of the card laterals, we can see a yellow warning sticker which informs us not to touch the aluminium heatsink while the card is operating, because it will be very hot:




On the back of the card, we can see the red PCB (which can be found mostly on AMD video cards), along with the memory chips and screws used to fix the cooling system on the top of the card:




The memory chips are Samsung K4G10325FE-HC05 GDDR5 and run at 902MHz:




On one of the screws that keeps the top heatsink in place we can see a sticker that prevents its removal; if this sticker is damaged, the warranty will be void:




The GPU heatsink screws have springs and washers, to avoid scratching the back of the PCB surface:




The card comes preinstalled with the low profile shield, which must be replaced in order to be able to insert the card into the test bench computer; the card does have a DVI and a HDMI output connector:




If we remove the shield, we can easily disassemble the top plastic shroud, to see how the heatsinks do look like; the GPU heatsink is massive and it gets cooled by the air crossing through the plastic duct:





Even if it is very little, the VRM is also passively cooled by a small heatsink; between the aluminium heatsink and the VRM we can find thermal pads:




The high RPM fan is manufactured by Power logic and is rated DC 12V, 0.30A, Model PLB05020B12H:




Here is how the card does look without the shield installed; we can observe that the top screws will be inserted into plastic, so we must not over-tighten them to avoid breaking the shroud:




After installing the shield, the card is ready to be inserted in the test bench:





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