Inno3D GTX 460 1GB OC ReviewRHKCommander959 - July 13, 2010
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The GTX 460 GF104 line is the second version of the Fermi GF100 cores and is created to target the midrange mainstream market for NVIDIA. When NVIDIA tried to chop the original Fermi core up into the GTX 470 and GTX 465 especially, performance dropped while power consumption remained high. As such, a new chip had to be designed, the GF104. Usually, in the video card industry, companies will take a product and then improve it as they go along by building upon what works and cutting out what doesn’t. The new core has been redesigned to be more efficient with less fluff than its predecessor, having over a billion less transistors than the GF100 core. What this means is that the new core design is more specialized toward gaming (and video editing). The lowered transistor count also means less heat and core size, making it cheaper for NVIDIA to build and more importantly sell. Texture units have been increased while render units have remained the same in comparison to the GTX 465, and an increase of 48 shader processors (over 32 of the first implementation) per 7 streaming multiprocessors, giving a total of 336 shader processors. One SM has been disabled, but depending on if it was laser-cut out or not, it might be possible to re-enable to give a total of 384 SP! Not everything is better over the first Fermi iteration; there are some losses, such as being able to only use two in SLI, and lowered tessellation performance than the original. By having less heat output and complexity, the speeds were ramped up compared to the GTX 465 and should bring the performance even higher. Inno3D has taken the liberty of overclocking the new graphics card coupled with 1GB of memory. Time to see how it compares to the GTX 465!
Inno3D uses similar packaging on its other 400 series graphics cards, but the box has some differences. The packaging has a reflective metallic look to it that refracts rainbows in the light. The top left, in capitalized gold lettering, states that this card is overclocked from the factory, while the bottom right, in silver, shows that a GTX 460 with 1GB of GDDR5 is inside. The main NVIDIA features are listed at the bottom, while the company logo is centered. Flipping over to the back, we find some game images pitching features through dialogue, and near the bottom, in nine different languages, are a paragraph each on some of the basic specifications, such as DirectX 11 support.
The packaging is smooth and set up nicely in design, but does scratch easily during shipping. Each word in chrome also refracts and adds to the display. Opening the package reveals the typical corrugated cardboard box inside. This design uses two containers to separate and protect the pieces inside. The top container contains the accessories while the second one, supported with foam blocks, houses the video card safely away from all sides of the main package.
The supplied accessories are sparse, as the same disk insert is used for both the drivers and applications disks. Each insert has rough instructions on how to install a graphics card. A DVI to VGA adapter is included, as well as a dual female Molex to male 6-pin PCIe adapter (the card requires dual 6-pin connection to run, so possible customers should make sure they have at least one 6-pin connection on their power supply). The GTX 460 is protected in the standard translucent anti-static bag with a sticker warning against the dangers of static and proper handling, while also sealing the bag.
Time to get a good look at the Inno3D GTX 460!