ASUS ENGTX460 TOP Reviewgotdamojo06 - August 23, 2010
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The ASUS ENGTX460 TOP has an upgraded cooling system installed on the card. The casing around the heat sink and the fan are a blue color with the ASUS logo in the bottom right hand corner. When you look at the back of the card, you will see there are six holes in the PCB that will allow you to install an aftermarket cooling solution such as a water block (if you are looking for extreme cooling performance). The card is just wide enough to take up two slots in your chassis. This is always a good thing for your card as it is going to get better cooling with more space to move out the hot air. The ASUS ENGTX460 TOP card is based on the NVIDIA GF104 Fermi GPU. This is going to give you DirectX 11 support as well as Shader Model 5.0. The ASUS ENGTX460 has 1GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256 bit bus giving you a bandwidth of 128.0 GB/s, which is going to help you out with your higher resolutions.
Continuing to look at the card, you will see there are two 6 pin PCI-E power adapters at the back top corner of the card. The front of the card is where you are going to find your Display Port adapter as well as two DVI display adapters. The ENGTX460 connects to your motherboard using the PCI-E slot and you are able to add a second card in your system and connect the two cards for extra performance using the SLI Bridge at the top of the card.
When you take off the heat sink and fan setup, you are left with a naked card, the GPU, memory, voltage regulators, as well as the other components. The ASUS ENGTX460 is based around the GF104 GPU, this chip is the newer Fermi core. The GPU itself is covered by a large heat spreader to give the core even more cooling performance. When it comes to the memory installed on the card, you have a total of 1GB of GDDR5. The chips are manufactured by Samsung and they are the K4G10325FE-HC05 model. Looking up these chips on Samsung's website lets you know that they have a latency of 0.33ns and a refresh speed of 8K/32ms.
Looking at the cooler while it's off of the card, you can see that there are three heat pipes that go from the base of the cooler to the massive fin array for optimal cooling performance. You will notice that the heat pipes are copper and have been flattened out to actually make up the base of the cooler giving them direct contact with the GPU on the card, which is one less thing that the heat needs to pass through to be moved away from the card.
Now that we know how the card is designed, lets take a look at the specifications and different features of the ASUS ENGTX460 TOP.