Zotac GTS450 AMP! Review
3D Mark Vantage
Starting at the beginning and where better than 3D Mark Vantage. Given that we expect this card to come in around the £110 mark it does very well to beat out the £15 more expensive HD5770, but is beaten quite handily by the £15 more expensive GTX460. Although the Extreme result isn't staggering, we've got to remember that nobody paying £100 for a GPU will expect it to do 4xAA at 1920x1200. Or at least they shouldn't be.
Unigine Heaven 2.1
The incredibly intensive Unigine benchmark reels the GTX460 back in and all of the cards on test have very similar performance levels. Given their very close prices it's good to see that you can have a choice of what you want and still get very close results. Although again the GTX460 makes use of its extra grunt to keep at the front of the pack.
Turning on 8xAA should really punish these cards with none of them designed to run such a performance sapping benchmark. A loss of only 10FPS with so much anti-aliasing in place is definitely good performance and a long way from the old days when 2xAA would halve your frame-rate.
Folding @ Home
Folding is hugely popular (join our Redline @ OC3D Folding team, plug plug) and the GTS250 has a good showing here being just under a stock 460, and when overclocked getting up near 9000 PPD.