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KFA2 kicks GTS 450 up a notch

by Pete Mason on 13 September 2010, 12:37


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KFA2 may still be the new kid in town, but that doesn't mean it's ready to be left behind.  The premium graphics-card maker is rolling out two overclocked GeForce GTS 450s that it thinks are the best that money can buy.

For those who haven't read our review yet, here's a quick recap of NVIDIA's new GPU - a 783MHz core-clock, 192 stream-processors set to 1,566MHz and 1GB GDDR5 running at 3,608MHz over a 128-bit interface for around £100.

Not content with stock frequencies though, KFA2 is turning the speeds up for its EX OC edition.  The clock gets a boost to 825MHz, meaning that the shaders run at 1,650MHz, while the memory gets a small push up to 3,696MHz (effective).  This will give a small but significant performance-increase, while the custom fan-design and high-quality components should give plenty of overhead for those wanting to push it a little harder.

However, the star of the show is the LTD OC edition.  Featuring frequencies of 888MHz, 1,776MHz and 2,000MHz for the GPU, shaders and memory, the card should be able to hold its own against the best of them.

While these aren't quite the highest speeds we've seen on a GTS 450, KFA2 explains that it has - after extensive testing - picked the sweet-spot between high-speeds and rock-solid stability without risking the life of the components.

KFA2's cards should be available now and, based on our look at day-one pricing, will cost around £101 for the EX OC version and a very competitive £113.74 for the higher-speed LTD OC.