Zotac GTS450 AMP! Review
The GTS450 comes in the standard Zotac packaging which we like especially because it's not so damn big. If, like me, you keep your packaging in great nick then having plenty of huge boxes around can become a bit of a storage nightmare, not to mention the environmental cost of producing something bigger than necessary.
The colouring is also pleasant with the Zotac yellow/gold being a glorious change from the blues and reds we see on a daily basis.
The contents are the fairly standard driver CD + adaptors gubbins. The card itself has elements that make it seem more pricey than we expect it to be, and some that definitely nod towards it's value price-point.
The cooler is a decent sized hunk of aluminium with a smoked perspex cover. The Zotac logo is embossed and well painted and the whole thing really looks very nice indeed. The big fan in the centre matches perfectly and will help to direct the maximum airflow in exactly the place we want it.
Up the business end we have plenty of connectivity with dual DVI, HDMI and, surprisingly, a DisplayPort adaptor. Little touches like the use of two yellow DVIs really help too. Sure it's a 5p bit of plastic in a place no-one will see. But we all know how important those little touches can be.
The rear of the card is a little chip-heavy thanks to the short nature of the GTS450 AMP!. However if you keep in mind that the GTS450 AMP definitely isn't aimed at those with immense tower-cases then this makes perfect sense and is once again a nice feature. A value card that's a foot long wouldn't be much help to anyone.
If the Zotac logo end of the card is quality, then the 'AMP! Edition' end definitely shows up the value nature. We don't mind corner cutting but a sticker? Really? Hmmm.
Despite it not being quite a full sized shroud, there is enough of the smoked-grey plastic to ensure more of the heat gets exhausted out the rear than doesn't.