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ASUS ENGTX460 TOP Review

gotdamojo06    -   August 23, 2010
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Testing:

Testing of the ASUS ENGTX460 TOP will consist of running the card through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of equal and greater capabilities to show where it falls on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles to give you an idea on how the cards perform relative to each other. The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustment will be made to the respective control panels during the testing with the exception of the 3DMark Vantage testing where PhysX will be disabled in the NVIDIA control panel. I will test the card at stock speeds, then overclocked in order to see how much additional performance is available and to determine if it can run with the current fastest single GPU cards on the market. The drivers used in this test will be the 10.4 Catalyst drivers for ATI and 257.15 Forceware drivers from NVIDIA for the GTX 480, 470 and 465 while the GTX 460 gets the 258.96. Tests will be conducted at both stock and overclocked settings to gauge performance when an increase in clock speed is applied.

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • ASUS ENGTX460 900/1800/2095 MHz

When it came down to overclocking the ASUS ENGTX460, it was pretty straight forward as far as overclocking video cards go. I used the MSI Afterburner utility to manipulate my clock speeds. I started off by increasing the core clock by 50 MHz then running the Kombuster stress test to check for stability. Once the clock speeds passed, I then bumped the clock up by another 50 MHz. I continued this process until I reached 900MHz on the core, after that it became unstable. Once the core was stable, I started up on the memory clocks and I was able to get that all the way up to 2095MHz. These clocks were fully stable using the Kombuster stress test. However, once I began running some of the benchmarks, a few of them caused crashes. That problem was solved by raising the voltage by 75mV and I did not have a single problem from that point on. The core was able to get an additional 16% overclock and a 5% increase on the memory! These overclocked speeds are going to be an increase of 33% on the core and 16% on the memory over the standard GTX460 clock speeds.

 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

Each card has been tested for its maximum stable clock speeds using MSI's Kombuster utility. So far my testing has shown that higher clock speeds may be stable in games where GPU usage does not reach 100%, but will crash within a few minutes using this utility. The reported clock speeds are those that proved stable over a 15 minute test at 1920 x 1200 and 8x AA.

 

 

  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Metro 2033
  3. Crysis Warhead
  4. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  5. Darkest of Days
  6. Bioshock 2
  7. Just Cause 2
  8. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.0
  9. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  10. Resident Evil 5
  11. 3DMark 06 Professional
  12. 3DMark Vantage
  • Usage:
  1. Temperature
  2. Power Consumption



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup, Overclocking
  5. Testing: Far Cry 2
  6. Testing: Metro 2033
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  9. Testing: Darkest of Days
  10. Testing: Bioshock 2
  11. Testing: Just Cause 2
  12. Testing: Unigine 2.1
  13. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  14. Testing: Resident Evil 5
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Testing: Temperature
  18. Testing: Power Consumption
  19. Conclusion
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