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Palit GTX 460 1GB Sonic Platinum Review



Nvidia missed the price for performance target with the GTX 465. Scaling down the GF 100 architecture proved to be a considerable chore. With that said, the target they missed with the GTX 465 they scored a bullseye with the GF 104 based GTX 460. Throughout the testing the Palit Sonic GTX 460 Platinum Edition was ahead of not only the GTX 465 but the HD 5850 when you look at the results from 1280x1024 to 1920x1200. You do have to remember this is a highly overclocked card right out of the box when looking at the results. If you look at the overclocked GTX 465 results and compare them to the Palit Sonic edition cards results as a comparison the results are about even at 1920x1200. Those numbers by themselves are pretty interesting and show that this card looks poised to be a price for performance champ when the dust settles.

Pricing on the Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum Edition comes in at $249 or about the starting point for the GTX 465. Pricing on reference based cards starts at right around $200. This is the price point currently occupied by the ATI HD 5830 so things should get interesting. People buying cards at this price point are most likely gaming at 1680x1050, 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 so the performance marks are great until that point and are even good for many games at 2560x1600 with the settings used in the OCC gaming test settings. As an overclocked card, I did not expect much headroom to be left but Palit usually leaves a bit in the tank for the enthusiast. When I used the available tools to overclock this card, I was able to pull another 106MHz from the core/shader clocks and another 56MHz on the GDDR5 memory for increased bandwidth. Each of these clock speed bumps netted measurable performance increases across the tested games. Something well worth the effort and time. Cooling is handled by a two heatpipe cooler that is reasonably effective at keeping temperatures in check while keeping the noise to a minimum. The only problem I had was with the indicated fan speed. When maxed out in Afterburner the fan only showed 77%, still enough to keep everything cool and reasonably quiet but really it means I may have left some clock speed on the table.

As a card in Nvidia's stable you have something that is able to take advantage of its architecture and reduce the time commitment needed for many everyday tasks with applications like vReveal, Photoshop CS4, Badaboom and many more. You can use the SuperSonic Sled Demo to test your skills at driving a rocket sled for the fastest times without launching your rider or blowing up the sled, all the while viewing all the strengths of the Fermi architecture in action. When I looked at the GTX 465, 3DVision Surround was still just over the horizon but Nvidia now has the technology out and ready for prime time with the release of the latest driver package. Combining a pair of these GTX 460s together in an SLI configuration should provide a stout combination and allow high settings game play at any resolution.

By slapping a big overclock and decent cooling onto the GTX 460 Sonic Platinum Edition video card, Palit has a winner on their hands with what may be the highest clocked GTX 460 right out of the box. It delivers performance beyond its price point allowing you to game without worry while not having to mortgage the farm to get your gaming fix.



  • Factory overclocked
  • Great performance
  • Lower power consumption
  • Overclocking potential
  • Non reference design
  • 3D Vision Surround ready
  • DX 11
  • 1 of 3 versions
  • HD Sound over HDMI



  • Maximum fan speed of 77%


Editors' Choice

  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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