NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Debut: ZOTAC, EVGA

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In addition to having different specifications, the 768MB and 1GB GeForce GTX 460 variants also have different cooler configurations. As you'll see below, the EVGA and ZOTAC cards featured here sport completely different cooling solutions, both of which conform to NVIDIA's reference designs. However, we should also note that a number of NVIDIA's board partners will also be introducing GeForce GTX 460 cards with custom coolers.

 

 
EVGA's GeForce GTX 460 768MB SuperClocked Edition

The EVGA card you see here is the GeForce GTX 460 768MB SuperClocked Edition. It has a single, large cooling fan right about in the center of the card, that rests above a large aluminum cooler that's affixed to the GPU. The PCB used for the GeForce GTX 460 is nice and small by today's standards, measuring in at about 8.25". And the cards are outfitted with a pair of dual-link DVI outputs, along with a mini-HDMI output.

This SuperClocked edition ships with a 763MHz Core GPU clock, with 1526MHz shaders, and 768MB of GDDR5 memory running at 950MHz (3800MHz effective) on a 192-bit interface. NVIDIA's reference specs call for a 675MHz core clock, with 1350MHz shaders, and 900MHz memory, so EVGA's SuperClocked edition will obviously offer significantly increased performance over stock models.

 

 
Zotac's GeForce GTX 460 1GB

ZOTAC's GeForce GTX 460 1GB card is a reference model through-and-through, save for the custom decal that adorns its fan shroud, that is. This 1GB card sports a different cooler than the 768MB variant, which is more reminiscent of GeForce GTX 200 series cooler--only smaller. The PCB is the same length as the 768MB model, but the ZOTAC 1GB card's output configuration is different. The Zotac GeForce GTX 460 1GB has a pair of dual-link DVI outputs, a full sized HDMI output, and a DisplayPort output. Only two of these outputs can be used at any given time, however. ZOTAC's card also conforms to NVIDIA's reference specs with its 675MHz core clock, 1350MHz shaders, and 900MHz memory.

Both of the GeForce GTX 460's being introduced today have dual-slot coolers, and both require dual 6-pin PCI Express power connectors. The 1GB card's TDP, however, is slightly higher--160W (1GB) versus 150W (768MB).

 

The accessories included with the EVGA and ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 cards are similar. Both cards include case badges, driver discs, users manuals, a pair of dual-Moles to 6-pin PCI Express power connectors, and DVI-to-VGA adapters. EVGA goes a step further and also throws in a GeForce GTX 400 series bumper sticker and mini-HDMI to full-sized HDMI adapter, while ZOTAC tosses in a copy of the latest Prince of Persia game. Normally we'd be excited by the prospect of a full gaming being included with a graphics card, but the obtrusive, and frankly bothersome DRM, that's incorporated into this title ruins its appeal in our opinion.

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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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