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Written by Olin Coles   
Sunday, 08 August 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Features and Specifications
NVIDIA GF104 GPU Fermi Architecture
First Look: ASUS GTX 460 DirectCU TOP
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX11: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Crysis Warhead
DX10: Far Cry 2
DX10: Resident Evil 5
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: BattleForge
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
NVIDIA APEX PhysX Enhancements
NVIDIA 3D-Vision Effects
ASUS ENGTX460 TOP Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
ASUS ENGTX460 TOP Overclocking
Editor's Opinion: NVIDIA Fermi
ASUS ENGTX460 TOP Conclusion

ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/1GD5 Review

Benchmark Reviews was stunned to see NVIDIA's mid-range GeForce GTX 460 graphics solution dominate the price point and threaten high-performance products. Our tests have concluded that both the 768MB and 1GB version can offer great gaming performance, and outstanding overclock headroom. Combined into a SLI set, two stock GeForce GTX 460's compete with the Radeon HD 5870. In this article, Benchmark Reviews takes the highly overclocked ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/1GD5 video card and compares it against a field of DirectX-11 graphics solutions. If you're after a new video card, this 1GB GeForce GTX 460 could be the best $230 ever spent.

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 460 1GB-GDDR5 graphics card empowers DirectX-11 video games to deliver unmatched geometric realism at the $200 price point. Based on the same Fermi architecture that powers their high-end GeForce GTX 480 model, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 delivers mid-range performance for gamers on a budget. The ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP comes armed with NVIDIA's GF104 Fermi graphics processor, and packs seven Streaming Multiprocessors for a total of 336 CUDA Cores and 56 Texture Units. NVIDIA's 1GB GTX 460 price tag ($220) fits in nicely between the $200 Radeon HD 5830 and $250 GeForce GTX 465, but could deliver even more performance for the value. On the following pages, Benchmark Reviews demonstrates how well a factory-overclocked GeForce GTX 460 performs against these other DirectX-11 video card products.

PC video games are still the best way to experience realistic effects and immerse yourself in the battle. Gaming consoles do their part, but only high-precision video cards offer the sharp clarity and definition needed to enjoy detailed graphics. Armed with ASUS Voltage Tweak functionality, this particular GeForce GTX 460 delivers a healthy helping of graphical power at an affordable price. The ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/1GD5 model arrives with a factory overclock, but still has plenty of additional headroom for overclockers to drive out hidden FPS performance using the included ASUS SmartDoctor utility. Benchmark Reviews will test the ASUS GeForce GTX 460 TOP against some of the best video cards within the price segment by using several of the most demanding PC video game titles and benchmark software available: Aliens vs Predator, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, BattleForge, Crysis Warhead, Far Cry 2, Resident Evil 5, and Metro 2033.



It used to be that PC video games such as Crysis and Far Cry 2 were as demanding as you could get, but that was all back before DirectX-11 brought tessellation and to the forefront of graphics. DX11 now adds heavy particle and turbulence effects to video games, and titles such as Metro 2033 demand the most powerful graphics processing available. NVIDIA's GF100 GPU is their first graphics processor to support DirectX-11 features such as tessellation and DirectCompute, and the GeForce GTX-460 offers an excellent combination of performance and value for games and professional applications alike.

At the center of every new technology is purpose, and NVIDIA has designed their Fermi GF104 GPU with an end-goal of redefining the video game experience through significant graphics processor innovations. Disruptive technology often changes the way users interact with computers, and the GeForce GTX-460 family of video cards are complex tools built to arrive at one simple destination: immersive entertainment, especially when paired with NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision. The experience is further improved with NVIDIA System Tools software, which includes NVIDIA Performance Group for GPU overclocking and NVIDIA System Monitor which displays real-time temperatures. These tools help gamers and overclockers get the most out of their investment.

Manufacturer: ASUSTek Computer, Inc.
Product Name: ASUS GeForce GTX 460
Model Number: ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/1GD5
Price As Tested: $244.99 (Updated 08/30/2010)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by ASUS.


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