AMD Radeon 540X vs NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450

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NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
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  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 783 MHz
  • Max video memory 1024 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 1804 (3608 data rate) MHz
  • Maximum resolution
AMD Radeon 540X
Radeon 540X
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x8
  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory 2048 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 6000
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 421$
Games supported 62%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating615582
Place by popularity56no data
Value for money0.494.19
ArchitectureFermi (2010−2014)GCN 4.0 (2016−2020)
GPU code nameGF106Lexa
Market segmentDesktopLaptop
Release date13 September 2010
(12 years old)
12 August 2019
(3 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$129 no data
Current price$135 (1x MSRP)$421
Value for money

To calculate the index we compare the characteristics of graphics cards against their prices.

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores192512
CUDA cores192no data
Core clock speed783 MHzno data
Boost clock speedno data1219 MHz
Number of transistors1,170 million2,200 million
Manufacturing process technology40 nm14 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)106 Watt50 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature100 °Cno data
Texture fill rate25.1 billion/sec33.47
Floating-point performance601.3 gflopsno data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTS 450 and Radeon 540X compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility). For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Bus supportPCI-E 2.0 x 16no data
InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x8
Length8.25" (210 mm) (21 cm)no data
Height4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)no data
Width2-slotno data
Supplementary power connectors6-pinNone
SLI options+no data

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount1 GB2 GB
Memory bus width128 Bit64 Bit
Memory clock speed1804 (3608 data rate) MHz6000 MHz
Memory bandwidth57.7 GB/s112.0 GB/s
Shared memoryno data-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display ConnectorsMini HDMITwo Dual Link DVI1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
HDMI++
Maximum VGA resolution2048x1536no data
Audio input for HDMIInternalno data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 (11_0)12 (12_0)
Shader Model5.16.4
OpenGL4.24.6
OpenCL1.12.0
VulkanN/A1.2.131
CUDA+no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTS 450 3.42
Radeon 540X 3.92
+14.6%
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

GTS 450 1342
Radeon 540X 1539
+14.7%

Radeon 540X outperforms GeForce GTS 450 by 15% in Passmark.

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTS 450 9758
Radeon 540X 11545
+18.3%

Radeon 540X outperforms GeForce GTS 450 by 18% in 3DMark Vantage Performance.

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

GTS 450 1888
Radeon 540X 4097
+117%

Radeon 540X outperforms GeForce GTS 450 by 117% in 3DMark 11 Performance GPU.

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTS 450 1463
Radeon 540X 2435
+66.4%

Radeon 540X outperforms GeForce GTS 450 by 66% in 3DMark Fire Strike Score.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTS 450 1545
Radeon 540X 2779
+79.9%

Radeon 540X outperforms GeForce GTS 450 by 80% in 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics.

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTS 450 12447
Radeon 540X 15167
+21.9%

Radeon 540X outperforms GeForce GTS 450 by 22% in 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU.

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTS 450 and Radeon 540X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 40 Mh/s no data

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

900p28no data
Full HD38
+72.7%
22
−72.7%
1200p27no data

Popular games

  • Full HD
    Low Preset
  • Full HD
    Medium Preset
  • Full HD
    High Preset
  • Full HD
    Ultra Preset
  • 1440p
    High Preset
  • 1440p
    Ultra Preset
  • 4K
    High Preset
  • 4K
    Ultra Preset
Cyberpunk 2077 7−8
−14.3%
8−9
+14.3%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 6−7
−167%
16
+167%
Battlefield 5 8−9
−225%
26
+225%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 12−14
−69.2%
22
+69.2%
Cyberpunk 2077 7−8
−14.3%
8−9
+14.3%
Far Cry 5 4−5
−50%
6−7
+50%
Far Cry New Dawn 5−6
−220%
16
+220%
Forza Horizon 4 9−10
−22.2%
10−12
+22.2%
Hitman 3 3−4
−467%
17
+467%
Horizon Zero Dawn 1−2
−1000%
11
+1000%
Red Dead Redemption 2 6−7
−16.7%
7−8
+16.7%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 9−10
−66.7%
15
+66.7%
Watch Dogs: Legion 2−3
−550%
13
+550%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 6−7
−100%
12
+100%
Battlefield 5 8−9
−150%
20
+150%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 12−14
+44.4%
9
−44.4%
Cyberpunk 2077 7−8
−14.3%
8−9
+14.3%
Far Cry 5 4−5
−50%
6−7
+50%
Far Cry New Dawn 5−6
−200%
15
+200%
Forza Horizon 4 9−10
−22.2%
10−12
+22.2%
Hitman 3 3−4
−133%
7
+133%
Horizon Zero Dawn 1−2
−200%
3−4
+200%
Metro Exodus 5−6
−20%
6
+20%
Red Dead Redemption 2 6−7
−16.7%
7−8
+16.7%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 9−10
−33.3%
12
+33.3%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 7−8
−129%
16
+129%
Watch Dogs: Legion 2−3
−50%
3−4
+50%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 6−7
−16.7%
7−8
+16.7%
Battlefield 5 8−9
−125%
18
+125%
Cyberpunk 2077 7−8
−14.3%
8−9
+14.3%
Far Cry 5 4−5
−50%
6−7
+50%
Far Cry New Dawn 5−6
−180%
14
+180%
Forza Horizon 4 9−10
−22.2%
10−12
+22.2%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 7−8
−42.9%
10
+42.9%
Watch Dogs: Legion 2−3
−50%
3−4
+50%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 6−7
−16.7%
7−8
+16.7%
Hitman 3 3−4
−33.3%
4−5
+33.3%
Horizon Zero Dawn 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Metro Exodus 4−5
−25%
5−6
+25%
Red Dead Redemption 2 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 7−8
+0%
7−8
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 0−1 1−2
Cyberpunk 2077 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Far Cry 5 3−4
−33.3%
4−5
+33.3%
Far Cry New Dawn 3−4
−33.3%
4−5
+33.3%
Forza Horizon 4 3−4
−33.3%
4−5
+33.3%
Watch Dogs: Legion 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Hitman 3 2−3
−50%
3−4
+50%
Horizon Zero Dawn 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
Cyberpunk 2077 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Far Cry 5 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Far Cry New Dawn 7−8
−14.3%
8−9
+14.3%
Forza Horizon 4 3−4
−33.3%
4−5
+33.3%
Watch Dogs: Legion 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 3.42 3.92
Recency 13 September 2010 12 August 2019
Memory bus width 128 64
Pipelines / CUDA cores 192 512
Memory bandwidth 57.7 112
Chip lithography 40 nm 14 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 106 Watt 50 Watt

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

AMD Radeon 540X
Radeon 540X

since it shows better performance.

Be aware that GeForce GTS 450 is a desktop card while Radeon 540X is a notebook one.


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Competitors of GeForce GTS 450 by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTS 450 from AMD is FireStream 9270, which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 1 position in our rating.

AMD FireStream 9270 FireStream 9270
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Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTS 450:

Radeon 540 100.29
GeForce GTS 450 100

Competitors of Radeon 540X by NVIDIA

According to our data, the nearest equivalent to Radeon 540X by NVIDIA is GeForce 9800M GTS SLI, which is slower by 2% and lower by 6 positions in our rating.

NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS SLI GeForce 9800M GTS SLI
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