Inno3D GTX 460 1GB OC ReviewRHKCommander959 - July 13, 2010
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The new GF104 core design proved to run cool and efficiently in the reference design - loading under 60Â°C even when overclocked is great, especially for a reference design with a solid factory overclock. 11% core and 5% memory is better than most factory video card overclocks. Overclocking yielded 36% faster core speeds than reference specifications, but since time was an issue, the memory couldnâ€™t reliably be tested due to error detection. The memory easily went past 1100, but there wasnâ€™t enough time to verify if gains were being made or lost since overclocking the memory isnâ€™t as simple as going until it artifacts. Core voltage was displayed, but no current software was capable of changing the voltage either. Nonetheless, the core pushed very high, even up to 940MHz core, although unstable.
The overall design of this graphics card spells a win for NVIDIA - a cool running and more cost effective core that operates more efficiently per clock for the mainstream gamers should be very popular. Inno3D tapped into the potential of the GTX 460 by releasing a pre-overclocked video card, while leaving plenty of headroom for more adventurous crowds. The performance suggests that a pair of these in SLI would be the smarter choice over spending all that money on a GTX 480 or something similar. The fact that the GTX 460 is a two-slot solution measuring 8.25" long means that almost all systems can accommodate this video card and installation would be far easier than trying to maneuver some of the larger cards.
When giving praise, it is usually a good practice to provide some criticism to give boths sides of the fence. The GTX 460 performed amazingly, and there wasnâ€™t anything wrong with the card at all.
NVIDIA is pushing back hard at AMD with the GTX 460 and the pre-overclocked Inno3D offering pushes harder. With performance around the 5850, but with a lower price tag, the mainstream market is about to get spiced up a bit!
- Good temperature to performance ratio
- Low noise
- Petite size