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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 12 July 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB Video Card
Features and Specifications
NVIDIA GF104 GPU Fermi Architecture
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Video Card
GeForce GTX-460 Partner Products
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Crysis Warhead
DX10: Far Cry 2
DX10: Resident Evil 5
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: BattleForge
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
NVIDIA APEX PhysX Enhancements
NVIDIA 3D-Vision Effects
GeForce GTX460 Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
GeForce GTX 460 Overclocking
Editor's Opinion: NVIDIA Fermi
GeForce GTX 460 Conclusion

GeForce GTX-460 Partner Products

NVIDIA sells their graphics technology to a large host of add-in card partners (AIC's), and many are expected to take advantage of GTX 460's competitively focused price point. Companies will offer the GTX 460 in both 768MB (192-bit) and 1GB (256-bit) varieties. This section offers a preview at the design implementations used by some of the most popular finished-goods companies:


ASUS ENGTX460 GeForce GTX 460 Video Card

ASUS will immediately launch several versions of the GeForce GTX 460, using their ENGTX460 part number. The ENGTX460-DirectCU-TOP-2DI-768MD5 (above) will use a custom cooling solution loosely based on the original, while the ENGTX460-2DI-768MD5 will maintain the reference cooler design,


EVGA GeForce GTX 460 Video Card

NVIDIA's closest AIC is EVGA. Expect two versions of the GTX 460 to be available at launch: 01G-P3-1371-TR shown above uses the same cooling solution seen on the larger GTX 465, while 768-P3-1360-TR maintains a reference design.


Gigabyte GV-N460OC GeForce GTX 460 Video Card

Gigabyte Technology is quickly gaining popularity as an NVIDIA AIC, and they will have their custom-cooled GTX 460 available at launch. Gigabyte GV-N460OC-1GI is their 1GB model (above), while GV-N460OC-768I comes with 768MB GDDR5.


MSI N460GTX GeForce GTX 460 Video Card

MSI, the name known my master overclockers world-wide, will have a 1GB GeForce GTX 460 named N460GTX-CYCLONE-1GD5 (G57-V100699) and a 768MB card named N460GTX-CYCLONE-768D5-OC (G57-V100698) that comes factory overclocked. Both cards feature MSI's 'Cyclone' GPU cooler that loosely resembled the reference design without the plastic shroud.


Zotac Synergy Edition GeForce GTX 460 Video Card

ZOTAC International goes beyond a custom cooling design, and also offers a unique video output selection on their version of the GeForce GTX 460. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 series are the first graphics cards to ship with the new ZOTAC Boost Premium software bundle that features five applications, including vReveal 2.0, Nero Vision Xtra, Cooliris, Kylo and XBMC media center. Look for the ZOTAC Synergy Edition to add DisplayPort to the dual-DVI and HDMI output selection.



# RE: NVIDIA GeForce GTX-460 768MB Video CardServando Silva 2010-07-11 21:27
Finally a decent Fermi GPU. Nvidia strikes back after almost 1 year. Thanks for this great Review Olin.
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# First "Gaming" Fermi GPU...?Bruce Normann 2010-07-12 10:00
I can't help but think that the GF100-based Fermi cards were not really optimized for gaming. Engineers don't just throw a bunch of transistors into a rectangular pan and bake at 350F for 45 minutes. The architecture of the GF100 was designed to excel at something, it just wasn't gaming graphics. What I keep wodering is: what is the size and scope of the market that they WERE optimized for?
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# RE: First "Gaming" Fermi GPU...?Servando Silva 2010-07-12 12:56
I think they focused a lot on CUDA and features (3D, Surround, PhysX) instead of performance. This GPUs could really be super fast for other applications, just not gaming. This seems to be their first product "really" targeted to gamers.
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# It's only a matter of timeAvro Arrow 2010-07-14 06:30
We need to keep in mind that ATi's HD 5xxx series has already been out almost a year (wow, has it really been that long?) and that nVidia was supposed to have released Fermi almost exactly 1 year ago. It's unknown what exactly ATi is going to release this year but we can be sure that it's most likely going to make the GTX 4xx series look like the FX 5xxx
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# one questionFederico La Morgia 2010-08-07 05:45
what is written on the RAM chips?
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# RE: one questionOlin Coles 2010-08-07 05:56
Textures are cached and buffered to the video memory. Some games buffer only 100MB, and other buffer up to 1GB.
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