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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Debut: ZOTAC, EVGA

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Debut: ZOTAC, EVGA

Today, NVIDIA is unleashing another Fermi-architecture based graphics card, but unlike its predecessors, this one isn't based on the GF100 GPU. The GeForce GTX 460 we'll be showing you today is actually based on a new-class of Fermi-based GPU, the GF104. The GF104 borrows heavily from the GF100 design, but it features fewer CUDA cores and is pared down in a couple of other areas as well. In fact, it features over a billion fewer transistors than the GF100. Overall though, as you'll see on the pages ahead, the new GeForce GTX 460 is surprisingly potent given its relatively affordable price point and scaled down GPU...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Debut: ZOTAC, EVGA

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Better performance and less power draw than the 465 lol This should have been the 465 and the other should have been the 460... Someone over at Nvidia messed up.

Very good performance for the price tho.

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Another great review Marco, this card clearly out paced the 5830. I found myself wanting to compare it to the 5850 but I guess it was not meant to compete in that price point. Overall the small card should be great for those with limited space It will be interesting to see if drivers can squeeze more performance out of this new architecture. 

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The only question is whether the GF104 will be placed into the GTX480 and GTX470. Those cards desperately need that chip, if that chip help NVIDIA regain the performance crown for the $200 market, imagine what it could do for the high-end market.

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It's good to see NVDIA competing -- and winning -- in the $200-$250 price range now, which I think is a sweet spot for what the mainstream gamer would spend on a graphics card.  In order for the 5830 to remain relevant, ATI will have to cut the price, and we can start having some pricing competition again.

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Now if only they have some hardcore pricing competition in the high end sector... $250 GTX 480s anyone?

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Heh that's what I was thinking. Hopefully this makes them a lot of money so they can trim a little off the 480 price. Please?? for sacky??

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Think of it this way, NVIDIA is going to release a GTX 485 and a GTX 475 soon and those will definitely drive the prices of the 470s and 480s down.  Since the GTX 460 proves that the numbers don't really matter as much as using all of those resources properly to get the most out of the card (Specwise the GTX 460 doesn't look impressive but look at the benchmarks!), and from Nvidia's refresh-trend  we will definitely see those high end variations soon.

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Yea, I expect the 475 and 485 to be right around the corner too... maybe even a 495?

However, when those come out, that'll make the 480s and 470s pretty scarce. But the prices should drop, and it would be a good time to pick one up, right around the release of the refresh.

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Great bang for your buck video card plus it overclocks like a champ

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Thanks for the review!

Looks like the GF104 has pretty good OC headroom as well, esp for the 256-bit/1GB variety. lol it already beats the 5830 pretty convincingly.

 

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We really need to see an ATI vs Nvidia price war again.

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@slugbug I could not agree more with you bro!!!!

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This is awesome news. Maybe I'm just looking at things strictly technically (and after all someone here just said the real-world performance is way better than the technical details suggest) but just have a look at the price/spec comparison of the 460 and the 465. The 460 is 768 MB, 192-bit, 336 cores, and costs around $220 at the most. The 465 is 1 GB, 256-bit, 352 cores, and costs $250 at least; some go to $280. Considering that you can get a 470 for $300, why pay only $20 less for a 465? You can see why some people looking for entry-level DX11 performance would skip the $50-$80 price premium and get a card that is honestly pretty close to its next older brother, which is actually overpriced. To make it simple: 460 is $200, 470 is $300, and the 465 approaches the price of the 470 without that huge a performance increase over the 460. Thoughts?

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The 465 is actually slower the the 1gb 460 which is also cheaper.

An overclocked 460 will actually surpass a 470 and come very close to a 480.

So the 460... is one hell of a deal!

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This is the best budget card yet from NVIDIA.. Awesome VFM!! Really tempted for this upgrade.

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Makes me wonder, if Nvidia was able to improve on the Fermi architecture so much, if they'd waited 5 more months to release the 480 and 470 would they have lived up to their potential and received less criticism?  Or were they right in squeezing them out fast to have something that competes w/ ATI's DX11 offerings?

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sackyhack:

Makes me wonder, if Nvidia was able to improve on the Fermi architecture so much, if they'd waited 5 more months to release the 480 and 470 would they have lived up to their potential and received less criticism?  Or were they right in squeezing them out fast to have something that competes w/ ATI's DX11 offerings?

Like all companies their first priority is not to make the consumers happy but to make the investors and stock holders happy first and 5 more months without a product to counter ATI's offering makes the investors uneasy and will drive their stock down. That's why we have the 465 in the first place.  All those chips that didn't make it as a 470 and 480 has to go somewhere and they needed something around the HD 5830's pricepoint.  Put yourself in the shoes of the investor and think that you have money in a company.  How would you feel and what would you do when you know that its been 7 and 8 months now without a physical product on the shelves and the rival company is flooding the market?

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@Sacky

They were almost definitely in a rush to get something out to compete with ATI.

Even still, compared to their equivelant previous gen counterparts from Nvidia.. they are much faster. A single GTX480, is slightly faster than a GTX295, which was previously Nvidias most powerful single card solution AND it had 2 GPUs on board.

Seeing the progress and capability of Fermi in this 460, really makes you wonder just how powerful the refresh will be?

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I can see the 465 being phased out pretty quickly now that this card is out.

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It will be removed and then relaunched later as a refresh and Nvidia will pretend the original 465 never happened lol

Or they will add something at the end of it like "Core 216" to confuse those not in the know.

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