|EVGA GTX 460 SC Superclocked Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Bruce Normann|
|Saturday, 04 September 2010|
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EVGA GeForce GTX460 SC Features
Material in this section is based on data from EVGA.
Above and beyond the features that come with every graphics card based on an NVIDIA GTX 460 GPU, there are some additional software features that EVGA brings to the table with the GTX460 SC video card. The hardware feature set is identical to the reference card developed by NVIDIA. While I enjoy seeing the many design variations that the video card partners come up with, in the case of the GTX460, the reference card is a very strong design. It is simple and cost-effective, yet provides excellent support for the GPU and provides a solid foundation for overclocking. EVGA supports enthusiasts with their overclocking endeavors two ways: with EVGA's Precision and OC Scanner software, and a "Starter" factory overclock of 13%.
The EVGA Precision overclocking utility supplied with the GTX460 SC is version 1.9.6, with support for the latest GF104 GPU from NVIDIA. There are a number of distinct features available within the utility:
The monitoring tool allows you to "detach" the monitor window, and then minimize the controller window separately. You can select which graphs you want displayed and also change the update frequency. I didn't see any tools for adjusting the vertical axis; it looks like the built-in dynamic scaling is the only choice. Hovering over the line graph with the mouse produces a top-to-bottom listing of values at that time slice. The overall interface is similar to my personal favorite monitoring & control software, so I was immediately comfortable and productive with EVGA Precision.
I left the Core Clock and Shader Clock sliders linked during my testing. The range of adjustment was from 1440 MHz to 2445 MHz on the Shader Clock, which translates to 570 MHz and 1222 MHz for the Core Clock. The major downside to this particular tool is the lack of manual voltage control, which allows for more headroom for overclocking. Some folks don't like overvolting their processors or memory, for reliability and longevity reasons, but others are almost clinically incapable of running their CPUs and GPUs at stock voltage. We'll discuss this more when we share our overclocking results.
The benchmarking tool is called EVGA OC Scanner, and is currently available from EVGA as version 1.4.0. This latest release was let loose on 8/23/2010, so it is very up-to-date. It combines stress testing with artifact detection, and benchmarking to measure GPU performance. There are also some additional features to go along with the basics:
We've had several opportunities to examine different video cards based on NVIDIA's new GF104 chip, but there's always more left to learn. So let's take a closer look at the EVGA GeForce GTX460 SC / 01G-P3-1372-TR, and gain some insight into how this GTX460 is built, and how it compares to other video cards in this segment.