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Roundup: Nine GeForce GTX 460 1 GB Boards Benchmarked

Roundup: Nine GeForce GTX 460 1 GB Boards Benchmarked
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Happy with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460, we invited a dozen of the industry's top graphics companies to show off their unique interpretations of the card. Nine responded with what they feel are exceptional products. Can they get any better than reference?

Awarded for its position as the best bang-for the buck graphics solution in both single-card and SLI configurations, the only question in the minds of hopeful buyers of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460 1 GB card is: which particular board to buy? Over a dozen manufacturers offer a vast array of clock speeds, accessory packages, and support. So, we asked that question for you.

Nine companies responded with the product they felt offered the strongest argument for their brand, and today we’re going to compare these reference and aftermarket-altered GeForce GTX 460s. Here’s a quick overview of what your $220-$260 can buy:

General Details: GeForce GTX 460 1 GB Products 1-3

Asus ENGTX460 TOP/2DI/1GD5ECS Black NBGTX460-1GPI-FEVGA GTX 460 01G-P3-1373-AR
GPU Clock775 MHz765 MHz763 MHz
Shader Clock1550 MHz1530 MHz1526 MHz
DRAM RateGDDR5-4000GDDR5-3700GDDR5-3800
DVITwo Dual-LinkTwo Dual-LinkTwo Dual-Link
HDMIMini HDMIMini HDMIMini HDMI
DisplayPortNoneNoneNone
VGABy AdapterBy AdatperBy Adapter
Output
Adapters
DVI to HDMI, DVI-I to VGADVI to HDMI, DVI-I to VGAMini to Full HDMI, DVI-I to VGA
Length9.6"8.5"8.3"
Height4.9"5.4"4.4"
Total
Thickness
1.6"2.4"1.4"
Cooler
Thickness
1.4"2.2"1.3"
Weight22.0 Ounces24.5 Ounces20.5 Ounces
PCB VersionM5Q-1041P(B)Nvidia P1041 1.0Nvidia P1041 0B
VRMFive PhasesThree PhasesThree Phases
WarrantyThree YearsThree YearsLifetime
Added
Value
92 mm Fan
CD Wallet
Arctic Cooling Accelero
Twin Turbo Pro cooler
Extended Warranty
Step-Up Program
General Details: GeForce GTX 460 1 GB Products 4-6

Gigabyte GTX 460 GV-N460OC-1GIJetway GTX 460 "Mystery Card"MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5/OC
GPU Clock715 MHz900 MHz725 MHz
Shader Clock1430 MHz1800 MHz1451 MHz
DRAM RateGDDR5-3600GDDR5-3800GDDR5-3600
DVITwo Dual-LinkOne Dual-LinkTwo Dual-Link
HDMIMini HDMIFull HDMIMini HDMI
DisplayPortNoneNoneNone
VGABy AdapterOne 15-PinBy Adapter
Output
Adapters
Mini to Full HDMI, DVI-I to VGANoneDVI to HDMI, DVI-I to VGA
Length8.9"8.3"8.3"
Height4.6"4.4"5.1"
Total
Thickness
1.4"1.4"1.4"
Cooler
Thickness
1.3"1.3"1.3"
Weight20.0 Ounces18.0 Ounces18.5 Ounces
PCB Version3rd-party ReferenceNvidia P6723rd-party Reference
VRMThree PhasesThree PhasesThree Phases
WarrantyThree YearsN/AThree Years
Added
Value
2x 92mm Fans
$20 "Starcraft 2" Rebate
N/AOversized Cooler
General Details: GeForce GTX 460 1 GB Products 7-9

Palit GTX 460 Sonic PlatinumSparkle GTX 460 1024 MB GDDR5Zotac GTX 460 ZT-40402-10P
GPU Clock800 MHz700 MHz675 MHz
Shader Clock1600 MHz1400 MHz1350 MHz
DRAM RateGDDR5-4000GDDR5-3600GDDR5-3600
DVITwo Dual-LinkTwo Dual-LinkTwo Dual-Link
HDMIFull HDMIMini HDMIFull HDMI
DisplayPortNoneNoneFull-Size
VGAOne 15-PinBy AdapterBy Adapter
Output
Adapters
NoneHDMI Cable
DVI-I to VGA
DVI-I to VGA
Length7.4"8.3"8.3"
Height4.4"4.4"4.4"
Total
Thickness
1.5"1.4"1.5"
Cooler
Thickness
1.4"1.3"1.3"
Weight16.0 Ounces16.5 Ounces20.0 Ounces
PCB VersionCustomNvidia P1041Custom
VRMFour PhasesThree PhasesThree Phases
WarrantyOne YearLifetimeLifetime
Added
Value
None6' Mini to Full
HDMI Cable,
Extended Warranty
Free "Prince of Persia:
The Forgotten Sands"
Extended Warranty


With the general details for each of today’s cards covered on the first page, let’s see what specifics make each of these cards shine.

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    robnic , 30 August 2010 17:10
    Great article!
    Good testing methodology, and useful conclusions.
    This will be very helpful when trying to distinguish between the 460 1GBs.
    Thanks!
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    shmiah , 30 August 2010 21:12
    Nice article.

    Was going to purchase 2 of the palit 460's. I did not know of the 1 year only warranty.

    Hmmmm food for thought, maybe Evga? Since their support is very good. Something to think about.
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    Cannibalsnail , 30 August 2010 22:37
    Im going to get 2 MSI cyclones
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    Anonymous , 30 August 2010 22:48
    As said, excellent article. Inconveniently timed, as I order the MSI cyclone one a few nights ago, for the same price as the Palit one. Dammit!
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    dyvim , 30 August 2010 23:24
    Thanks a lot, Thomas!

    Please note, that you actually get Metro 2033 with the EVGA 460 (US, Canada & EU), if you register it and are prepared to use Steam.
    Source: http://www.evga.com/articles/00569/
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    madogre , 1 September 2010 23:44
    EVGA or go home.
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    infernox_01 , 2 September 2010 03:03
    wow surprised by the palit.
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    dbfm , 2 September 2010 04:31
    Why does this site look so bad in Firefox? At first I though it was because I was running an Add Blocker, but even with that turned off it still looks terrible....Fine in IE, poorly formated in Mozilla, it's like a flashback to 1997! ;-)
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    slowman09 , 2 September 2010 16:06
    Great info, but what about FANLESS cards? I'm always interested in these graphics cards (and many of Tom's Hardware) articles, but always disappointed that there never any fanless cards on the bench. There must be many of us who use PC's for music recording and production and demand silent systems. Getting a heads-up on new fanless (heatsink-only) cards would be very useful to the likes of us..
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    flaminggerbil , 4 September 2010 05:41
    Got myself an ASUS GTX460 1gb today, great card so far, even if SmartDoctor is pretty crap compared to utilities such as EVGAPrecision.

    Extremely quiet fan, idles at ~30c, got up 60c running Metro2033 Dx11 on high.
    So nice to have a smaller card then my old GTX260 as well, was always a mission to squeeze it in.
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    ionut19 , 4 September 2010 18:37
    Useful article, thank you.
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    martinlest , 6 September 2010 05:01
    Just as I decide to buy a GTX 460 and start wondering which incarnation of it to buy, you publish this article. Great timing! Thanks!!
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    marney_5 , 6 September 2010 23:10
    If i was in the position to buy a 460 then it would have to be ASUS.
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    Mitch_74 , 19 September 2010 23:52
    hmm why are all these cards only showing shaders @224 inified i have the zotac card and it shows shaders @336 unified and lucking at some web site that have Reviewed the card report the same ???