Palit GTX 460 1GB Sonic Platinum Reviewccokeman -
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Nvidia had just released the GTX 465 which was a scaled down GF 100 card using a total of three graphics processing clusters with 11 streaming multiprocessors and 352 cuda cores to do battle with the likes of the HD 5830 and HD 5850 (albeit with mixed results). It still pulled a lot of juice and ran warm just like its big brother the GTX 480. Pricing left a lot to be desired based purely on performance. Fast forward a little more than a month and we have the release of the GTX 460 with its modified Fermi architecture using a GF 104 40nm core that comes equipped with two GPC clusters housing 7 streaming multiprocessors, 336 CUDA cores, 56 texture units and either 32 or 24 ROP units depending on the amount of memory onboard. You have two separate versions of the GTX 460, one with 768Mb of memory on a 192 bit bus (24ROP) and 1024Mb on a 256bit bus (32 ROP). The Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum overclocking Edition is based on this GF 104 design and is one of three models that Palit offers. This model comes with what may be the highest clock speeds out of the box at 800Mhz on the fixed function units 1600Mhz on the Shader domain and 2000Mhz for the GDDR5 memory. With specifications like that this card may well be what the GTX 465 was not, the right card at the right price.
The Palit packaging has taken a turn for the better with this latest Nvidia based card. Gone is the Frobot from the front panel. The front now has a shield with the Palit name over what could be a heatsink in the background. The top right side lists many of the Nvidia specific technologies such as CUDA, SLI, PhysX and 3D Vision Surround with DX 11 thrown in for good measure. There is a small medallion on the bottom right that identifies this card as the "Sonic Platinum" overclocking edition video card. This distinguishes it as the top dog in the Palit GTX 460 product stack. The GTX 460 is available with two different memory configurations, 768MB and 1024MB. This is the 1GB version. The back panel gives a short synopsis of the technical specifications in multiple languages and talks about DirectX 11 done right with graphics from three of the latest DX 11 titles, Metro 2033, Just Cause 2 and Mafia II. Not to be left out of the mix, the Frobot makes an appearance on only one side panel, less exposure but still there.
Inside the outer packaging sleeve is a plain cardboard box. Nothing elegant, but pretty much standard operating procedure across the spectrum as just about every card I look at comes this way. Flip open the box and there are what looks like three compartments. In reality, only one compartment is used and houses the GTX 460 with the accessory bundle.
The accessory bundle that comes with the Palit GTX 460 Sonic is slim by any standard, but in reality what more do you really need? The manual, driver disk and dual 4 pin molex to 6 pin PCIe power connector are all that comes with the Sonic Platinum Edition GTX 460. There is not a need for a ton of adapters to make a connection to your display of choice because you are covered on everything but DisplayPort connectivity.
The GTX 460 looks like it may be a performer in the $200+ range of cards.