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Palit GTX 460 1GB Sonic Platinum Review

ccokeman    -   July 16, 2010
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Testing:

Testing of the Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 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:

  • Palit GTX 460 1GB Sonic Platinum Edition 906/1812/2056/MHz

Overclocking the Palit Sonic Edition GTX 460 was much like the rest of the Fermi lineup with one exception, the clock speeds for the shaders and fixed function units pushed all the way up past the 900MHz mark, something that I have not been able to achieve with the rest of the lineup. The Sonic Edition uses a custom PCB so that difference in the voltage regulation circuits and construction may pay dividends on the overclocking side. To reach the overclocked speeds, I used the latest revision of MSI's Afterburner utility 1.6.1 to adjust the core clock, shader clock and memory clock speeds. This card supports voltage tweaking so this option was manipulated as well to reach the final clock speeds listed. While 106MHz on the core clock may not seem like much the result is 13% higher than the already stout 800MHz clock speed on the core and 33%+ over the reference clock speed of 675MHz. The memory clock speed is only 56MHz higher than the as delivered 2000MHz but the memory was still easy enough to overclock at this level. Overclocking a factory overclocked card sometimes does not pan out as well as you would hope, but the Palit Sonic Series usually have a bit more in the tank. Case in point was the HD 4850 Palit Sonic edition I looked at a year and a half back. This card clocks well above the clock speeds of 675MHz on the reference cards and shows performance above the expectations I had when I first looked at the card.

 

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 1920x1200 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 and 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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